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Stockholm Data Parks – From an Urban Data Center to a Thermal Power Station

“Wasting hot air should be a thing of the past” says Henrik Palmgren, Head of Data Center Segment Europe

We are all under increasing pressure to reduce energy waste and the associated carbon impact and rightfully so! With today’s data centers consuming 30 times more power per square foot than the average office building and with the demand for electricity continuing to grow, putting ever more pressure on supply it is critical that we plan to use our resources more effectively.

That’s why the team at ABB really supports Stockholm Data Parks’ vision to create a place where the energy is green and excess data center heat isn’t wasted.

It’s something we’ve been committed to for years, through the development of ABB’s pioneering technology that ensures excess data center heat is used as a positive tool to fight climate change.

Our approach is simple; we design data centers that are greener and allow stronger integration of renewable energy resources. For us, it’s a win, win situation – we build efficient data centers where wastage and excess heat can then be used to warm homes across the city and conversely provide operators with free cooling.

We adopt a three-pillar strategy to reducing wastage:

  1. We don’t just see energy as electricity. It could also be hot and cold water. We use smart intelligent connections to get heat out and product cooling back to the data center.
  1. We all know that increasing energy demands lead managers to over-plan capacity from the outset. At ABB, we take a different view, by provisioning electrical infrastructure with more industrial thinking. The use of elastic critical infrastructure allows operators to purchase the required amount of capacity from day one, reducing costs and driving energy efficiency.
  1. We also develop more environmentally friendly data centers through deep component visibility. We all know that data centers can be complicated; they include a myriad of devices, from servers to fire extinguishers to cooling equipment, all of which need to be connected. By using industrial protocols that transfer more content and data we minimize the amount of cables and reduce complexity in the architecture.

It’s this vision and expertize that allows managers to take control of their infrastructure and visualize and control demand from day one.

Our ethos fits with Stockholm Data Parks’ aims. We’re committed to developing technologies for a ‘Better World’ and what better way than converting excess data center heat into power for a whole city?  It’s the future and we all need to work smarter to make sure that we use our resources more efficiently.

By Henrik Palmgren, Head of Data Center Segment Europe, ABB


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Home of the Green Cloud

Some claim that timing is everything. Just before Stockholm Data Parks was launched, Forbes published its annual list of the Best Countries for Business. Sweden moved up four steps to the number one position.

Forbes ranking Best Countries for Business

Stockholm- a new business unicorn

It’s encouraging to read how the country has climbed from rank No. 17 in 2006 with Stockholm today being a new business unicorn creator on par with Silicon Valley, with names such as Spotify, King, Skype, Klarna and Mojang.

Since the objective of Stockholm Data Parks is to attract investments in large scale data centers, which engage in heat recovery, the Forbes ranking is important. But there are possibly even more important points to consider. Stockholm is in a good position to become the home of the Green Cloud.

Competitive electricity prices, an abundance of sustainable electricity and paid-for heat recovery lay the foundation for a sustainable and cost efficient hub for cloud services, where the reuse of heat can make the data centers net climate positive.

A European hub for FinTech

The vibrant startup community and the strong financial sector are important drivers for data traffic growth. Stockholm received 18% of VC financing to European FinTech during 2010-2014, and the city has become the financial center of the Nordics. Swedish banks have a 90% market share in Baltics.

The attractiveness of Stockholm has already been discovered by major companies. The city ranks third in Europe for Global HQ of Forbes 2000 companies, trailing only London and Paris. In addition, there are 127 regional HQs of Forbes 2000 companies in Stockholm.

80 million users- 30 milliseconds aways

The traffic-generating potential of the startups, the financial sector and the large corporations is augmented by the high appetite for cloud adoption and IT-outsourcing in the Nordic countries, as evidenced by the latest full scale report in 2014 by Eurostat.

Looking beyond the national border, Stockholm is ideally positioned as a hub for Northern Europe. Within 30 milliseconds of round trip delay from the city, there is an addressable market with more than 80 million data users. All these users could be served from Stockholm, with the plausible exception of the very most time sensitive applications that will likely be managed in edge data centers on a city-by-city basis.

Welcome to Stockholm Data Parks!

Johan Börje
Head of Marketing and Sales
Data Center Cooling and Heat recovery
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