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Climeon and Aligned Energy announce breakthrough in green energy for data centres

A four-year collaboration between Climeon and Aligned Energy has developed a fully-integrated green platform that can power their data centres with 100 percent clean electricity using low temperature waste heat. 
Climeon and Aligned Energy announce breakthrough in green energy for data centres

More than 50 percent of the world’s energy is exhausted to the environment as low-grade heat, effectively making waste heat a largely available but unused resource. Climeon Ocean takes hot water between 70 and 120 degrees Celsius and converts it to 100 percent clean electricity, providing a competitive alternative to traditional electricity sources.

According to World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), Climeon’s technology has a large potential to reduce the CO2 impact globally which resulted in the company receiving the “Climate Solver” award earlier this year.

“To meet the challenges of climate change, the world needs new clean energy sources” said Climeon CEO Thomas Öström. “The Climeon system is just that, producing 100% clean energy and a new baseload for electricity.”

Aligned Energy CEO Jakob Carnemark added that the world has entered a new era of innovation in how data centres are powered and cooled. In most cases, converting solar and wind power are the typical methods for providing clean energy. However, the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow.  By cultivating this largely untapped resource in waste heat and converting it to 100 percent stable green baseload power, and by being able to use low temperature geothermal sources, the data centre industry’s rising demand for green energy can be supported in ways not previously possible through this new, highly sustainable and reliable approach.

Earlier this year, Aligned Energy was recognised with a 2016 Edison Award for pushing the envelope in technological energy advancements through its highly-optimised data centre heat removal cycle (or Cactus Cooler system) that allows their data centres to cool themselves using up to 85 percent less water and 80 percent less energy while also guaranteeing an industry-low average of 1.15 PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness). 

Aligned Energy will leverage its award-winning heat removal cycle as well as deploy Climeon’s ground-breaking Heat Power technology, which performs at twice the efficiency as the best organic Rankine cycles at significantly lower temperature heat sources, in its data centres. 

Last fall, Aligned Energy opened the industry’s first “pay-for-use” ultra-efficient, next-generation data centre in Plano, Texas just outside Dallas, a 30-megawatt (MW) complex that offers consumption-based utility pricing for on-demand data centre capacity for large cloud and enterprise clients requiring greater control of their data centre cost and faster time-to-market.

With their second data centre in Phoenix, a 51 000 square meter, 62MW campus, scheduled to come online in early 2017, Aligned Energy has charted a course to reach the 100 percent green carbon neutral data centre by tackling the industry’s well-documented power, cooling and water consumption issues while dramatically lowering operating costs.

The partnership includes an initial planned delivery of eight Climeon Ocean modules with a capacity of 1 MW.

Image: Climeon Ocean

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