European data center colocation provider Interxion, a Digital Realty company, is cooperating with Dutch regional heat company Polderwarmte to deliver residual heat to business parks in Schiphol-Rijk, in the Amsterdam area. The Interxion AMS5 data center is located in the southern tip of Schiphol-Rijk and will disconnect the residual heat.
This has been agreed in a letter of intent. Interxion is thus the first data center company in the Netherlands that will supply residual heat on a large scale to business parks in the vicinity of their AMS5 data center.
The residual heat is released when cooling the many servers within a data center. By connecting a data center to a heat network, this residual heat can be used to heat other facilities or homes. It is often difficult to utilize waste heat for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the distance between the outlet and receiver cannot be too big. Because AMS5 is located right next to RichPort and Starpark, and these business parks are eager to become more sustainable, it is possible for Interxion and Polderwarmte to efficiently unlock the heat for them.
Saving on Gas
Besides achieving sustainability goals, the rising gas prices are an extra incentive for companies to reduce their gas consumption as much as possible. Interxion and Polderwarmte anticipate that the residual heat supply to the buildings at RichPort and Starpark can have a huge impact on this. They expect to be able to support companies by supplying 45,000 GJ of heat and thus save 1.5 million m3 of gas when the project starts. Five years after the start, this could increase to supplying 75,000 GJ of residual heat and saving 2.5 million m3 of gas.
Since Interxion uses 100% green electricity, there is a saving of 2,500 tons of CO2 per year at the beginning of the project. Within five years, this could increase to a savings of 4,200 tons of CO2 per year, according to Interxion.
“Our efforts are continuously focused on building green, energy-efficient data centers and making existing data centers more sustainable,” said Michel van den Assem, Managing Director at Interxion. “We are very pleased to partner with a company like Polderwarmte to support other companies in making their premises more sustainable. With AMS5 we are biting the bullet, but other data centers of Interxion are already prepared for a possible connection to a heat network.”
“By being completely transparent and trusting each other, we ended up with a partnership that works well for all involved,” said Valentijn Kleijnen, CEO of Polderwarmte. “Both from Interxion and from Polderwarmte we are making an investment to take this sustainability step. This project contributes to the acceleration of the energy transition and has all the elements to have a flywheel effect. This will enable us to make a concrete contribution to reducing the use of fossil energy more quickly.”