Heat from an Amazon Data Center Is Warming Dublin’s Buildings

Tue, 7 Mar 2023 02:33:16 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"On January 3, 2023, the 5,000 students who attend Technological University
Dublin returned from their winter holiday to their cold suburban campus in
Tallaght. At a time of year when the temperature often falls to near freezing,
they would have rushed through the revolving door into the toasty, enveloping
air of the main building’s glass entrance.

What few of them probably knew was that the warm air that greeted them came not
from a traditional gas or electric boiler like most other buildings in Dublin.
It came instead from a large hangar-like warehouse a kilometer down the road,
where piping-hot servers stored terabytes of online shopping information: an
Amazon data center.

The university, along with the nearby South Dublin County Council building,
were the first customers of a new district heating system that became
operational in mid-December. When servers in the Amazon data center process
information, they emit excess heat that would usually enter the atmosphere as
waste. The city’s new heating system instead recovers this heat for reuse,
channeling it into buildings as an unusual form of green energy."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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