Pan-European collaboration creates the next generation of data centers

9 October, 2017 - 16:51

The EU research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, has awarded a three year innovation project in Northern Sweden. The aim is to prototype the most energy and cost efficient datacenter in the world.

A pan-European consortium consisting of Hungarian data center engineering specialist H1 Systems, UK based cooling provider EcoCooling, German research institute Fraunhofer IOSB, RISE SICS North and infrastructure developers Boden Business Agency, have joined forces aiming to design and validate a future proof concept.

The demand of datacenter capacity is constantly growing and at the same time the minimization of environmental impact is crucial. The mission of the €3million project is to drive development as far as possible to meet and unify these conditions.

The unique solution offers a sustainable datacenter building which is energy and resource efficient throughout its lifecycle, cheaper to build and operate and brings jobs and knowledge to remote places in large parts of Europe. The 500kW prototype facility will be an experimental lab and demonstration site, as it will be tested by providers and end-users in a real operation environment with all aspects of its operations measured. Project stakeholders will validate feasibility, energy efficiency and usability of the prototype, as well as developing predictive models to aid in future planning and deployment of the concept. Limited colocation space is available for end-users that are willing to take part in the research experience.

“We are really looking forward teaming up with the innovative partners H1 and EcoCooling in this project. Together we will design a new kind of data center, optimized for the Nordics”. says Tor Björn Minde, CEO of RISE SICS North.