Vattenfall and Cloud&Heat Technologies, based in Dresden, have entered into a strategic partnership. The aim of the joint pilot project is to provide fossil-free, reliable high-speed computing capacity. The new data centre is built in containerised and equipped with high-end servers for artificial intelligence (AI) and high performance computing (HPC) applications.performance computing (HPC) applications.
The new data centre consists of two containers located on the site of Vattenfall's biomass-fired district heating plant in Jordbro, south of Stockholm. Vattenfall is providing the infrastructure and the secure site, while Cloud&Heat Technologies is responsible for operations. Together both companies are thus contributing to a CO2-free computing process.
"The demand for powerful and cost-effective computing capacity is growing rapidly, especially for IoT and AI applications. Our new data centre at our pilot site in Sweden is operational for customers who expect cost-effective, reliable and fossil-free computing capacity," says Birger Ober, project manager at Vattenfall.
Cloud&Heat Technologies' service is a full-service ML/AI stack. "Cloud&Heat Technologies offers energy-efficient, scalable, secure and customised high-density infrastructure solutions that meet the requirements of the future. Vattenfall's expertise and the technology of Cloud&Heat technology enabled the construction of a water-cooled data centre that emits no CO2 during its operation and is also directly integrated into Vattenfall's heat network to reuse the heat," says Dr Jens Struckmeier, CTO at Cloud&Heat Technologies.
Given the increasing importance of and demand for Green IT, Cloud&Heat Technologies and Vattenfall want to further improve this project and offer more solutions to promote more sustainable data infrastructures.