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EU projects to improve energy efficiency of data centres (GEN – 1007.00)

11 March 2019

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EU projects to improve energy efficiency of data centres (GEN – 1007.00)

11 March 2019

2 min read

GEN – 1007.00. The ICT sector generates up to 2% of the global CO2 emissions. The increase in data centres has pushed the European Commission to support projects that would improve the energy efficiency of these centres.

EU Horizon 2020 projects

The European Commission is co-funding the Horizon2020 projects BodenTypeDC and EURECA as part of the initiatives to improve energy efficiency of data centres.

Horizon 2020 project BodenTypeDC (https://bodentypedc.eu) brings together project partners from Hungary, Germany, Sweden, and the UK to design and validate a future-proof concept for data centres. The 500 kilowatts ‘Boden Type Data Centre One’ (https://vimeo.com/295528216) was built in less than 5 months and inaugurated on 7 February 2019 in Boden, Sweden. The facility was built using local and sustainable materials in combination with 100% renewable energy sources. With high levels of efficiency in its design, construction and operation, including a Power Usage Effectiveness below 1.1, the BodenTypeDC data centre promises a valuable resource for this Lapland community in a highly competitive and fast-growing sector, as well as being a model for others to replicate.

Owners of data centres and server rooms across Europe are also able to assess their energy efficiency and environmental soundness, using tools developed by the project EURECA (https://www.dceureca.eu) funded by the Horizon2020 programme. EURECA has developed an open market directory (https://www.dceureca.eu/?page_id=4160) of over 200 data centre products and services that are available in Europe. Among these solutions one will find 7 dealing with adiabatic evaporative cooling solutions, 5 with AHU, 3 with ventilation, 4 with liquid cooling, 5 with air conditioning solutions and other mainly IT related.

EURECA includes a training kit (https://www.dceureca.eu/?page_id=2064) dedicated to public procurement of innovation for environmentally sound data centres. Over 800 stakeholders across Europe already followed the training, and EURECA has supported more than 300 public sector data centres. These include the UK’s DEFRA Unity programme, the Irish national public-sector data centre, and various public organisations in the Netherlands and Latvia.

In December 2018, the Joint Research Centre published an EU code of conduct on data centre energy efficiency.

Recommended Actions

Manufacturers offering products that are used within data centres may find it beneficial to consult the EU projects and code of conduct.

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