Sweden is already implementing a lot of effective energy solutions that we haven’t caught on to over here yet. For example, instead of dumping their trash in the landfill, they burn it, powering turbines that create electricity, heat and hot water, which gets pumped through pipes under the streets to heat entire towns, in a process known as district heating. But now they have their sights set on another impressive goal: The carbon negative data center!
Most data centers use vast amounts of energy in an extremely wasteful manner, running their facilities at maximum capacity 24 hours a day, no matter what the demand is. They use approximately ten percent of all global electricity, and their use is increasing by 12 percent a year. According to the New York Times, “data centers can waste 90 percent or more of the electricity they pull off the grid”. But the new data center being build outside Falun, Sweden will not pull any power off the grid. It runs on a mix of solar, wind, and hydro power, plus wood chip and sawdust waste. And the heat generated by all the servers will be pumped back into close by buildings through that district heating system. The system will be 25% cheaper to operate than conventional data centers.
Oh, and pollution from burning garbage? It all gets filtered out.
Watch the video, it’s really revolutionary:
Via: NYT, Midwest Energy News, Science Alert, EcoData Center