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Leppänen*, T., Romka, R. & Tervonen, P. (2020). Utilization of Data Center Waste Heat in Northern Ostrobothnia. Tehnički glasnik, 14 (3), 312-317.

Utilization of data center waste heat in Northern Ostrobothnia

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Author: Leppänen, Tero1; Romka, Rihard1; Tervonen, Pekka1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Sveučilište Sjever, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-16


Data center industry is growing rapidly due to the expanding internet traffic and the upcoming IoT revolution. Data centers consume vast amounts of energy globally and are also a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. There is a need to improve energy efficiency and sustainability of data center operations. The energy consumed by data centers is mostly converted to heat and this study focuses on utilizing that waste heat according to the principles of circular economy in the context of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. The overall regional business potential of data center waste heat utilization is evaluated and the best options of utilizing waste heat in case data center are sought. The study found that the most viable option would be utilizing waste heat locally to heat facilities or in industrial processes. Another potential option is to connect data center into a district heating system where waste heat can be fed.

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Series: Tehnički glasnik
ISSN: 1846-6168
ISSN-E: 1848-5588
ISSN-L: 1846-6168
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
Pages: 312 - 317
DOI: 10.31803/tg-20200706172649
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
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