Reuters has a story today on a plan to recycled data center heat to help heat Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
The data center will be located underground, below a city cathedral. The heat will be directed into the city’s heating system, which according to the story includes “water-heated pipes” used to warm homes in Helsinki.
The data center is expected to be up and running in January. The company building and operating the data center is Academica, a local IT services firm. The heat from the facility will have the ability to heat the equivalent of about 500 homes.
Using the recycled heat in a data center has gained more traction in recent years, as data center operators have looked for ways to put the heat to good use after it has traveled through the servers. Check out “Companies reuse data center waste heat to improve energy efficiency” and “Data center air recycling saves cash-strapped greenhouse.”