How Microsoft’s Data Centres Help Heat Homes

When it comes to sustainability, Microsoft is taking it to a new level with its 2 newest planned data centres in Helsinki, Finland.

Excess heat generated by these data centres will help heat the homes of up to 250,000 people. What’s more, the 2 new data centres will be 100% powered by renewable energy sources. When scoping out locations for the data centres, Microsoft selected the Helsinki metropolitan area specifically because the heat generated cooling the data centres could be recycled into the district heating system.

With the new Fortum-Microsoft initiative, around 40% of the heat that supplies Fortum’s district heating system will be provided by Microsoft’s data centres. As Microsoft Western Europe President Cindy Rose put it, insights from the Helsinki data centre project could ”transform the design thinking of data centres of the future”.

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