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The World’s First Climate Positive Data Centre

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In the city of Falun, Sweden, the world’s first climate positive data centre is now being built. The initiator of EcoDataCenter is the energy company Falu Energi & Vatten in collaboration with the entrepreneurial company EcoDC AB. Schneider Electric will supply technology that will deliver energy efficient solutions and products to the project.

Information and Communications Technology is emerging as a new target area in terms of energy efficiency. The ICT sector alone consumes up to 10 percent of the world’s electricity. This reflects the growing cost of powering data centres, the global backbone of the Internet and the cloud. A single data centre can easily use more electricity than a mid-sized town. A large part of this energy is never used, but simply released as heat into the atmosphere, contributing to global and local warming. There are currently over three million data centres globally. According to several reports the combined carbon dioxide emissions from these data centres are expected to exceed the emissions from the entire airline industry in only five years.

Sweden has proven to be an excellent and safe location for data centres due to its cold climate, reliable and renewable energy sources, political stability and lack of natural disasters.




The world’s first climate positive Data Center

EcoDataCenter in Falun will be connected to the local energy system, which in 2013 was praised by Global District Energy Climate Award 2013 in New York as one of the world's best. The excess heat from the servers and IT equipment will warm the buildings in Falun through the district heating system. In the summer time, excess steam from the local electricity plant will run the machines cooling the data centre.

 The collaboration between the data centre and the district heating system will ensure that the emissions are reduced to the extent that the Data Center will have a negative carbon dioxide footprint over the course of a year. They are connecting the data centre to an already sustainable energy system and can make use of all the energy, thereby they are building the very first climate positive data centre in the world.

The electricity powering the data centre comes solely from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and water power as well as secondary biofuels.

Safety combined with world-class performance

EcoDataCenter is also projected to attain the highest level of availability according to Uptime Institute Tier IV™, something only twelve other data centres in the world have managed to attain to date. It will also have an exceptionally high performance level with a guaranteed uptime of 100 percent and it will attain the highest possible security standards.

Through the cooperation with the world’s leading energy specialist Schneider Electric, EcoDataCenter will access a broad portfolio of energy efficiency solutions and products that are perfect for this project.

Marc Nezet, Country Manager at Schneider Electric Sweden said “ We live in an age when more and more people are concerned about the global data centre industry’s environmental effects. Internet penetration and the Internet of Things don’t have to happen at the expense of the climate. IT security and performance is also increasingly critical for companies and organizations. Therefore, we are tremendously proud to be a part of the creation of this pioneering data centre. EcoDataCenter is the show case for green data and shows that it is very profitable to think out of the box”.

Green is profitable

With EcoDataCenter, we have also proven that greener is less expensive. The data center is significantly more energy efficient than regular data centres and the integration with the district heating and cooling system means that energy is used that otherwise would have been wasted. All of this lowers the costs both for us and for our clients, says Børge Granli one of the founders of EcoDC AB.

The first building of three will be completed in the first quarter of 2016.


•             Three buildings, all in all 23 250 square meters.

•             18 megawatts.

•             Up-time: 100%.

•             Energy sources: Sun, wind, water and secular biofuels.

•             Security classification: Tier IV™ (the highest possible). The data centre will be protected by heavy concrete walls and advanced security-, control and surveillance systems.

•             PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness): Less than 1.15 (Tier IV™ design)

•             Environment-friendly design with houses certified according to LEED Platinum.

•             Sedum (flowering plants) on the roofs cooling them throughout the summer.

•             Climate: Average annual temperature 5°C. Average number of days per year with max temperature >25°C is 22 days.

•             Site access: 2 km to highway, 25 km to airport, 2 h train to Stockholm

•             Sweden has approximately 40-50 percent lower power costs compared to UK electricity prices, according to statistics from Business Sweden, Nord Pool Spot and the

UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.

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