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Pilot scheme for environmentally friendly data centre of the future opens

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A pilot site data centre was inaugurated earlier this month at Boden, Sweden funded by the European Comission’s Horizon 2020 programme.

The site called Boden Type Data Centre One (BTDC) will demonstrate a range of highly innovative key engineering principles used to construct the most cost and energy efficient data centres with minimal environmental impact.

The consortium consisting of data centre engineering specialist H1 Systems, cooling manufacturer EcoCooling, research institute Fraunhofer IOSB, research institute RISE SICS North and infrastructure developers Boden Business Agency. These companies have joined forces to design and validate a future proof concept.

Senior representatives from the participating consortium introduced to the local and international audience, which attended the inauguration ceremony, their role in the project and gave an outlook of what results can be expected in the future.

The 500 kW facility was built in less than 5 months and during construction local, environmental friendly resources were used. Limited colocation space is available for testing partners that wish to join in.

“This data centre concept is ideal for rendering, simulations and other HPC applications that in combination with the locally available 100% renewable power will certainly be attractive for the industry.” said Nils Lindh, director of data centre development, Boden Business Agency.

Commenting on the project, Tor Björn Minde, head of lab, RISE SICS North said: “We thoroughly enjoy working with the BTDC team and look forward to the crucial phase of testing, demonstrating and analysing the pilot site that we have created together.”

“We are very happy with progress on the project so far,” declared Alan Beresford, managing director, EcoCooling. “We are looking forward to the next step working closely with the other consortium members to integrate our fresh air solutions in the most cost effective and efficient way.”

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