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EU Obliges Data Centers To Reuse Their Waste Heat

Increasing market share of cloud computing demands attention for the environmental impact of data centers.

The trend towards more cloud computing is having a positive effect on the economy as a whole. The use of cloud services is increasing both in enterprises and in the private sector. According to Cisco, the use of cloud services is responsible for the majority of data processing, storage and transmission in data centers and networks. It’s estimated that the majority of servers in Western Europe are operated as cloud servers.

The energy consumption of data centres in the EU increased from 53.9 TWh/a to 76.8 TWh/a between 2010 and 2018. Compared to 2018, the energy consumption of data centres is expected to increase by 21% by 2025. 

That’s one of the reasons energy consumption of worldwide data centers has received a high level of attention. For example, data generation in the industry and manufacturing sector, also known as Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), is expected to grow up to 23 zettabytes and data for storage will grow up to 18 zettabytes by 2025. Speaking of different industries, there are cloud service and data storage needs for Finance and Banking, Healthcare, Big Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Media & Entertainment as well.

Data centers are obliged to reduce their waste heat by 2030

In July 2023 European Council approved a new directive to reduce final energy consumption by 11.7% before 2030. Germany is the first country to have already enacted a corresponding law taking a strict action on the matter: all new data centers must use their waste heat to their advantage. The law obliges data centers to reuse 20% of their energy by 2028.

Pioneering to this upcoming directive, Aura Computing already has an infrastructure that reuses all its waste heat in our buildings.

The most innovative facet is our utilization of waste heat, a byproduct that is traditionally discarded into the atmosphere by other data centers. Our approach not only reduces the demand for additional heating resources but also lessens the strain on the power grid, further contributing to sustainable computing. On the top of that, we don’t consume water for cooling our servers.

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