Unica: Data center residual heat in Science Park
Science Park has a leading role when it comes to an efficient use of energy. Not only because of the technical faculty of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) which is located in Science Park, but also due to the energy vision that applies to the entire campus. Unica takes part in projects of both UvA (CHP plant) and Equinix (construction of data centers AM3 and AM4) and is therefore highly involved when it comes to this energy vision.
Thermal storage systems
In 2011, Unica examined whether implementing a thermal storage system in the design of the new Equinix AM3 data cente could negatively affect the thermal storage system of UvA. After various consultations with the province, Equinix, Unica and external consultants, it was concluded that combining these thermal storage systems is actually rather positive for both Equinix and UvA.
The parties therefore decided to exchange the heat of their thermal storage systems via an underground infrastructure. This has roughly resulted in energy savings for UvA that come down to 5 – 10%.
The journey goes on
All parties were pleased with the results and examined possibilities to fully optimize its potential. More research is currently being conducted on the possibilities to expand the heat networks of UvA, with the aim to directly transport the stored heat to a nearby residential area in Watergraafsmeer. Data centers in Science Park could be of great value in this project.