Vattenfall launches a pilot data center project to offer sustainable compute.

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Vattenfall and Cloud&Heat Technologies have started a data center pilot project with the aim of delivering fossil-free, reliable high-speed computing capacity. The data center, outside Stockholm, is equipped with high-end servers to cater for Artificial Intelligence and High-Performance Computing applications and is designed with the utilization of excess heat in the adjacent district heating plant process to increase sustainability.

The new data center consists of two containers located at Vattenfall’s biomass-fired district heating plant in Jordbro, south of Stockholm. Vattenfall provides the infrastructure and the secured site, Cloud&Heat Technologies runs the operations.

“The demand for high-performance and low-cost computing capacity is increasing rapidly, especially for Internet of Things & Artificial Intelligence applications. Our new data center at our pilot site in Sweden is ready for operation for customers requiring cost-efficient, reliable, and fossil-free computing capacity,” says Birger Ober, Project Manager at Vattenfall.

“Cloud&Heat Technologies provides energy-efficient, scalable, and secure tailored high-density infrastructure solutions, which meet the requirements of the future. Vattenfall’s expertise and Cloud&Heat’s technology allowed the erection of a water-cooled data center that emits zero CO2 during its operation and in addition, is directly integrated into Vattenfall’s heat network for direct heat reuse,” according to Dr Jens Struckmeier, CTO at Cloud&Heat Technologies.

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