Future views on waste heat utilization – case of data centers in Northern Europe

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Abstract

In this study we analyze the potential for data center waste heat utilization in the Nordic countries. We present an overview of the upcoming projects that build data centers where waste heat is utilized. The role of district heating network is analyzed in the context of data centers. Especially in Finland data center operators are planning to reuse waste heat in district heating, however business models between the district heat network operator and data center operator are hardly transparent. As the biggest barriers for utilizing waste heat are the low quality of waste heat (e.g. low temperature or unstable source of heat) and high investment cost, we propose low temperature district heat networks as first priority when maximizing the energy efficiency of data centers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 11th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment
EditorsMarko Ban, Neven Duic
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Zagreb
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventConference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - Lisbon, Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
Conference number: 11
http://lisbon2016.sdewes.org/

Publication series

NameBook of abstracts : Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
PublisherEnergetika marketing
ISSN (Print)1847-7186
ISSN (Electronic)1847-7178

Conference

ConferenceConference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Abbreviated titleSDEWES
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period04/09/201609/09/2016
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Keywords

  • Data center
  • Waste heat recovery
  • District heating
  • Energy efficiency
  • Low temperature district heat network

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