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Can data centres be transformed into flexible energy ecosystems?

Currently, only 10 percent of the so-called ‘critical raw materials’ used in data centres are recovered. If we want to further reduce the impact of data centres on the environment and our living environment, the percentage of devices and materials that are re-used or recycled will have to be drastically increased.

That is why a group of companies, universities and other parties – including Green IT Amsterdam – are starting a research programme under the name CEDaCI into circular models for data centres.


Facebook hooks up Odense data centre to local district heating system

A Facebook hyperscale data centre in Odense has begun heating local homes using heat recovered from its servers.

In a blog post, Lauren Edelman, Facebook’s energy program manager, said the social media giant plans to donate 100,000 MWh of energy to the community using low-temperature heat generated by the facility’s systems.

While other projects in Denmark use recaptured heat from smaller structures such as supermarkets for extremely localised heat recapturing, Facebook’s 50,000 square-metre will scale production to up to 25MW of heat. 


Rolls-Royce snaps up Belgian UPS firm Kinolt

Rolls-Royce power division has acquired Belgian UPS firm Kinolt as the company seeks to strengthen its power portfolio for mission-critical systems.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems already has a sizable back-up power generation business through its product and solutions brand MTU, but has eyes on becoming a full-service provider of integrated solutions.


Schneider Electric extends Easy UPS 3-phase UPS range up to 600kVa

Schneider Electric has expanded its Easy UPS 3-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) range to 500 and 600 kVA (400V) for external batteries.

The new Easy UPS 3L is aimed at medium and large commercial buildings, data centres, and light industrial UPS applications where critical equipment needs to be protected from power outages, surges, and spikes.


Spacewalking astronauts install lithium-ion batteries on ISS

Astronauts performed their second spacewalk in under a week to replace old batteries outside the International Space Station.

Commander Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken ventured out to tackle the big batteries.

For every two outdated batteries coming out, a new and improved one goes in to supply power to the station on the night side of Earth.



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