Nonprofit Industry Initiative of the year at DCD Awards 2019
Novel Boden Type DC was awarded Nonprofit Industry Initiative of the Year at DCD Awards 2019.
DCD Awards is the awards gala of Data Center Dynamics. The gala celebrates innovation and the pioneers of the data center industry.
DCD describes the category Nonprofit Industry Initiative of the Year as an award “about recognizing the great initiatives to educate and influence the data center sector that NGOs, professional bodies and academia put together”.
The jury, consisting of a panel of independent data center experts, motivated their decision:
”Funded by the European Horizon 2020 project, this prototype 500kW facility in the small town of Boden uses every trick in the book to lower its environmental impact: it runs on renewable energy and doesn't have batteries or gensets.”
Right now our DC is operating with an instantaneous PUE of 1.007 in the North of Sweden. The DC was built with the lowest of low CAPEX and has been literally operating on “thin air”. Now the consortium is aiming high: to attract the industry players’ attention and to develop best practices and influence regulations where necessary.
A European team with a global aim.
No matter what statistics you look at, data centers are growing dramatically all over the world and their energy efficiency has become a topic of great importance, not only in words and scientific papers but also through real life actions. To develop sustainable solutions and cut CO2 emissions dramatically and build data centers with minimal environmental impact. That is the global aim.
How has BodenType DC contributed to this? By enabling free access to the results that are being created by the strong cooperation of players, who are different in terms of size, origin and industry. This project has proven that it really makes sense to trust each other, to cooperate and to build on each other’s expertise and results. Developing free movement of ideas and services within a Europe-wide cooperation. This is truly a European team.
And how this all started?
Back in 2016, three industry players started to work on their big dream.
H1 Systems, which is a medium-sized Hungarian company designing and building DCs met EcoCooling, a UK-based cooling solution provider and also Boden Business Agency, a Swedish business agency from a small city in the Northern part of the country.
The dream was to prototype and test a highly efficient data center and with the use of key engineering principles and technologies. Of courses we needed strong scientific and research support, so RISE and Fraunhofer, the Swedish and German research partners were invited to our consortium. Our H2020 project started in late 2017 and will finish in September, 2020, but the legacy will live on. Still a lot to do…