Data centres are the heart of the Internet, and the Nordic countries, Finland in particular, are the ideal location for data centres due to abundant green energy and stability. The new energy efficiency directive demands more sustainable data centres, which can be reached by developing data centre technologies and tight sector coupling with heat and power networks.
Finland’s Data centres already consume more than 3 TWh of electricity, but less than 1% of the generated heat is utilized. Therefore, the Vaasa University Consortium has established an open data centre research infrastructure (WSTAR) for developing the zero emission data centre concept and invites participants from data centres, heat, and power sectors to contribute to the research and development.
How the data centres should be integrated to the energy system to reduce their emissions and increase efficiency?
Data center business in the Nordics
Cooling and heat reuse
Can generative AI run on thin air?
Data center power supply and grid connection
University of Vaasa, Åbo Akademi, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences and Novia.