Fashion retailer H&M is building a new 1 MW data center in Stockholm, and feeding its waste heat into the city’s district heating system.
Opening in Stockholm Data Parks, the 1 MW of heat it will produce is enough to warm around 2.500 modern apartments, says H&M.
“H&M has recovered heat from its Stockholm data centers since 2013, and the new data center, which will be operational in 2018, significantly extends and multiplies H&M’s contribution to heating the city,” said Jan Lundin, head of H&M’s data centers.
The solution chosen by H&M uses heat pumps in an N+1 configuration. Excess energy is fed directly from the data center to the district heating network at the required temperature.
H&M is consolidating its data centers in Sweden, where it opened its first data center in 2010. That facility uses a liquid cooling system, which was extended in 2013, so it could feed heat into the district heating system through a heat exchanger. This connection also boosts the cooling system for the data center, as it can provide cooling on hot days.
Around 90 percent of buildings are connected to the district heating network in Stockholm, which is one of the few world cities where large scale heat reuse is possible.