Now, as part of the new collaborative project between the Swedish EcoDataCenter and circular industry leader WA3RM, excess heat from new data centres will be used to support food production in Sweden.
This collaboration will focus on large-scale cultivation, which is expected to significantly contribute to Sweden's self-sufficiency in its food supply chains.
The details of EcoDataCenter and WA3RM’s sustainability partnership
“Data centres are generally an under-utilised resource with fantastic potential for bio-based systems like ours, which in Sweden require a lot of heat input and therefore draw much energy as stand-alone operations. Through our collaboration, we can also take significant and essential steps towards making Sweden self-sufficient in several food products," commented Thomas Parker, CEO of WA3RM.
The goal of the collaboration between WA3RM and EcoDataCenter is to create a new standard for the next-generation data centre, including innovative circular solutions.
One of the most notable solutions currently being devised is a circular system with vegetable and fish farming on an industrial scale.
The two companies will also investigate the possibility of using waste heat to create further circularity.
“To digitise society sustainably, we need to rethink how we build data centres so that the surplus heat produced can be used efficiently in circular systems,” added Dan Andersson, the CEO of EcoDataCenter.
“In WA3RM, we have found a partner that shares our view on sustainability and entrepreneurship and that can also meet our growth ambitions."
“We want to make the waste stream as impactful as possible, and through this collaboration, we will take a massive step towards that. It is of the utmost importance to also industrialise circular processes on a larger scale rather than only implementing smaller circular systems because of the symbolic value,” Andersson concludes.
WA3RM and EcoDataCenter plan to launch their first joint project shortly.