CyrusOne Announces Partnership to Research Residual Heat Capture at its Amsterdam I facility to Heat 15,000 Homes in Haarlem
SCHIPHOL —September 15, 2020– The Municipality of Haarlem, SADC’s PolanenPark and CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ:CONE), a premier global data center REIT, today announced the signing of a unique Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly examine the economic and technical feasibility of a heat re-use project in the region. The MoU follows successful collaboration among the three stakeholders over the last 12 months. It is expected to result in the successful capture of residual heat from CyrusOne’s Amsterdam I data center’s water cooling process, which will feed into a new district heating network to heat 15,000 homes in the municipality. If the plan proves feasible, a new agreement to start development will be signed in the first quarter of 2021, with CyrusOne’s Amsterdam I data center expected to provide the very first source of heat.
This MoU was made possible by the alignment and agreement among the data center operator, the landowner and local government. The partnership marries the Municipality of Haarlem’s pledge to become natural gas free by 2040 with CyrusOne’s stated commitment to be a strategic partner for sustainability.
“It is crucial that we build data centers that work in a way that is compatible with a sustainable future. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified demand for data center capacity, as consumers become more reliant on digital tools for remote working, learning and entertainment,” said Matt Pullen, EVP and Managing Director, Europe, CyrusOne. “The signing of this MoU is a hugely significant progression for the data center industry, and we hope this is the first of many instances in which local government bodies and land owners, such as the Municipality of Haarlem and SADC’s PolanenPark, demonstrate commitment to work together with CyrusOne on similar sustainable projects.”
“The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area applies very strict sustainability conditions for the development of data centers,” said Arnoud van der Wijk, Project Director, PolanenPark. “PolanenPark and Schiphol Trade Park in Hoofddorp, both developments of SADC, are two of the very few locations in the region that meet these conditions. The use of residual heat is one of the important pillars of both concepts of the so-called Green Datacenter Campus. For PolanenPark, I’m proud that we’re doing this together: using a pipeline to take the waste heat to the homes of Meerwijk and thereby making a great contribution to the energy transition. This project is unique for the Netherlands and far beyond.”
“Haarlem is committed to becoming natural gas free by 2040,” said Robbert Berkhout, Alderman of the Municipality of Haarlem. “This means that the municipality must look for alternatives for heating homes and businesses. With the research into the use of residual heat, Haarlem is taking an important step in the development of a heat network in the district.”
About the Heat Re-Use Process
CyrusOne will capture heat from its Amsterdam I data center at an average temperature of 30°C. Since this temperature is too low to feed directly into a district heating network, which requires a water temperature above 70°C, a mechanism is required to increase the temperature of the water flowing into the system and also minimize the temperature of the water returning to the data center, allowing maximum heat to be recovered.
The proposed method of achieving this is to use a heat pump to transfer heat from the water returning to the data center into the water flowing into the district heating network, thereby raising its temperature. Refrigerant gas is expanded to absorb heat and compressed to release it. This allows heat to be moved from one place to another.
The heat pump technology does require electrical energy to operate, however, because it is only used to enhance the heat recovered from the data center, it is typically considered 400% more efficient than directly heating the water with electricity. The recovered heat from the data center can then be distributed for a variety of uses including industrial, leisure and residential.
About the Municipality of Haarlem
Haarlem, the capital of the province of Noord-Holland, is an energetic city with an active business community, committed educational institutions and enterprising residents. Haarlem has over 160,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in the province of North Holland after Amsterdam. With an attractive living environment, a strong creative and manufacturing industry, 3D printing, circular economy and of course the unique coastal and dune landscape a stone’s throw away, Haarlem has a special position in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
About SADC and PolanenPark
SADC (Schiphol Area Development Company N.V.) develops high-quality, accessible, (inter) nationally competitive sustainable work locations in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. SADC was founded in 1987 by public and private parties that wanted to use the economic potential of the city and the airport by joining forces to strengthen the competitive position of the region, both nationally and internationally. SADC has the business parks PolanenPark, Schiphol Logistics Park, Schiphol Trade Park, De President, Business Park Amsterdam Osdorp and Green Park Aalsmeer in its portfolio.
PolanenPark is a development of SADC, Province of North Holland, municipality of Haarlemmermeer and RON. PolanenPark is located in Halfweg in the heart of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, right next to the Rottepolderplein junction (A9 / A200) and close to Amsterdam and Schiphol. CyrusOne, PostNL, Air Products, itsme Nederland and Molenaar Haarlem have been established already.
CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a premier global REIT specializing in design, construction and operation of more than 50 high-performance data centers worldwide. The company provides mission-critical facilities that ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for approximately 1,000 customers, including approximately 200 Fortune 1,000 companies.
A leader in hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud deployments, CyrusOne offers colocation, hyperscale, and build-to-suit environments that help customers enhance the strategic connection of their essential data infrastructure and supporting achievement of sustainability goals. CyrusOne data centers offer world-class flexibility, enabling clients to modernize, simplify, and rapidly respond to changing demand. Combining exceptional financial strength with a broad global footprint, CyrusOne provides customers with long-term stability and strategic advantage at scale.