Facebook started using heat from its data centers to heat thousands of nearby homes
Facebook unveils new heat recovery system in Danish data center.
Most data centers use air conditioners to cool their servers, pumping hot air into the atmosphere. However, Facebook’s data center in Odense has partnered with a local district heating company to channel excess energy directly into the heating system..
In a two-story data center with an area of 50,000 m2, 176 copper coils filled with water are installed, which absorb heat from the equipment and transport it to one of Fjernvarme Fyn’s heat pumps. Then I use this water to increase the temperature of the water circuit supplied to the radiators of houses and city institutions..
Although this idea is not new and similar projects already exist in the world, they heat only a few nearby houses. Facebook plans to produce 25 MWh of usable heat, which will heat thousands of buildings. At the same time, the new recuperation system uses exclusively renewable energy..
Partners expect the project to ultimately reduce coal consumption in Odense by 75%.
Earlier, we also reported on other technologies that will send gas boilers to history..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Facebook