The residual heat of two data centers on Zernike Campus will warm the heat net in Groningen North West in the future. That has been oficially decided by the municipality of Groningen and Waterbedrijf Groningen last week. This means sustainable heat for over 10.000 households, knowledge institutions and other buildings in Groningen North West.
"We have been working on this decision for a long time now, of course, says director Dick Takkebos of WarmteStad. “It was an intensive process that we have worked on with many people. We are very pleased that the decision has been made now and thank our shareholders for the trust that they have voiced with this decision. Together with them, the housing corporations, the residents and the neighborhood association we can now take the next, important step in the energy transition of Groningen."
What is residual heat?
Residual heat is warmth that is released by cooling the servers in data centers. Via heat switches, the heat is used and then heated further by heat pumps until the desired temperature. The electricity for the heat pumps is delivered by green current from sun parks and their own electricity production aided by cogeneration. The suppliers of the residual heat are the data centers of Bytesnet and QTS on Zernike Campus.