TelecityGroup has opened its new Paris data centre, Condorcet, designed to be one of the most technically advanced and energy efficient data centres in Europe.
The site will provide 3,400 square metres of customer space and 6.4MW of total customer power. It includes various green aspects, including free cooling to reduce energy consumption (apparently for the first time in France) and a white roof to reduce solar gain. Between them the various energy saving innovations are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 2,500 tonnes a year.
What’s particularly interesting is that waste energy from the facility will be used to heat a ‘Climate Change Arboretum’ built on-site, which will recreate the climatic conditions expected to prevail in France in 2050. The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) will use the arboretum to grow and research plants from around the world with the aim of selecting those species most adaptable to changes in the global climate.
Seems somewhat ironic that you use the heat from a data centre to demonstrate the impact of heat from data centres.