Max Smolaks, DatacenterDynamics
Nordic data center operator DigiPlex has announced plans to recover waste thermal energy from its campus in Ulven, Oslo, and use it to heat residential properties.
The company has agreed a partnership with a subsidiary of utility provider Fortum, which has similar arrangements with data center owners across Scandinavia. The company will also provide DigiPlex with cold water for its cooling needs.
The facility in Oslo could heat as many as 5,000 apartments once the system is fully operational.
“Digitization must move towards a greener world, and our cooperation with Fortum Oslo Varme is an important step in that direction. From autumn 2019, when end users in Norway browse the web, they will be indirectly contributing to the heating of apartments in Oslo,” said Gisle Eckhoff, CEO of DigiPlex.