At GEOEG, we have transformed data centers into clean sources of thermal energy lying underground. As members of SCAUT, the Swiss Center for Applied Underground Technologies, and teaming up in a consortium with Datwyler, Amberg Engineering, and Siemens, we have designed an unprecedented solution for sustainable data centers, named “Edge Computing Underground!“. A view of such solution, installed at the Hagerbach Test Gallery, is presented below.
We transform data centers into energy prosumers: not only consumers of energy, but also producers of energy
The rationale for constructing data centers underground lies behind the globally increasing urbanization, the advent of the Internet of Things, and the general pressure on surface space use. The underground provides an outstanding natural protection for data thanks to highly resilient thermal and mechanical conditions. In this context, data centers can be deployed in renovated tunnels, basements and other underground spaces that were previously potentially derelict or have been newly constructed, allowing to achieve feasible solutions in a huge variety of ground conditions thanks to the cutting-edge technology by the Datwyler, Amberg Engineering, Siemens, and GEOEG.
A schematic of the innovative data center solution developed by GEOEG and its partners, together with a video describing such solution, is reported below. More is described at “Edge Computing Underground!”.