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Hydrogen fuel cell plant proposed for 600MW London data center campus

By District Energy posted 06-11-2024 16:46




The developers behind a massive 600MW data center campus being planned for east London, UK, say it could house a hydrogen fuel cell energy generation plant.

Reef Group is planning to build the campus on a 175-acre Green Belt site on Dunnings Lane and Fen Road in the London borough of Havering. First proposed in 2022, it would comprise 12 buildings and cost £5.3 billion ($5.97bn) to build. The scheme could see over 1,200 jobs created in Havering.

Backup power generators at the data center campus will run on hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO), rather than diesel, the document says. The company had previously disclosed that it plans to recover heat from the data halls so that it can be used by local farmers, and says it will reserve 30,100 sq ft (2,800 sqm) of space for equipment needed to send heat to a district heating system. East London is home to several district heating schemes.

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