Facebook has announced the start of construction of the second phase of a data center in Odense (Denmark), after which its total area will increase by almost 30 thousand m22…
The project cost is estimated at about 10 billion Danish kronor ($ 1.5 billion). The project will expand the data center infrastructure to ultimately recycle a total of 165,000 MWh of energy annually for heating water, heating around 11,000 homes.
Facebook has contracted district heating supplier Fjernvarme Fyn to expand the capacity of the data center to handle “surplus” heat. The company was previously involved in the development of the original data center heating system that heats about 6,900 homes. This system was launched in July.
District heating works by circulating water around the data center through insulated steel pipes running through copper coils inside the cooling units. The water is heated to a certain temperature and sent to the Fjernvarme Fyn heat pump, where the water is further heated to 60 ° C for use in the urban heating network.
The data center in Odense was commissioned in September 2019, its area is 50,000 m2… In April, the data center received LEED Gold certification, confirming its compliance with environmental regulatory requirements. Facebook announced that by the end of the year, its global operations will be powered by 100% renewable energy.