Unparalleled Sustainability

Posted: 5 Nov 2020

Going climate positive by going green and entering circular economy.


Today, it’s not enough that enterprises say they’re reducing their carbon footprint. Customers demand proof that their service vendors and partners are removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and going climate positive. Advania Data Centers (ADC) is doing exactly that through its corporate decisions, partnerships and green initiatives. ADC supports the HS ORKA Resource Park which promotes the concept of society without waste by relying on geothermal energy that powers the park; the company harnesses clean, cool air to power its data centers; it leverages heat from infrastructure hosted in the data center through its partnership with Sweden’s energy provider Stockholm Exergi; lastly ADC chooses only quality building materials to erect its office buildings and data centers.

Going Geothermal

ADC’s Mjölnir data center was built in close proximity to HS Orka’s geothermal power plants so it could rely on their clean energy supply. By entering into this arrangement, ADC’s Mjölnir data center has joined the circular economy and, as a result, became climate positive.

As part of this paradigm, all customers that rely on ADC’s high-performing computing services and data center facilities become indirect sponsors of the climate positive benchmark. The domino effects also extend to ADC’s growing partner network, including vendors, suppliers and contractors.

Harnessing Clean Air

To provide their services, data centers must constantly cool their systems in order to ensure maximum compute performance of their clusters. This is taxing on the environment because most data centers waste 90% of energy they use, leaving behind a huge carbon footprint.

But ADC’s data centers use cold air for cooling. The system harnesses the Nordic country’s cool climate temperatures and circulates only the filtered outdoor air in its server rooms. Doing so helps create ideal conditions for cooling the systems which can drain more than 50% of power in an average data center.

Leveraging Heat Waste

Last year, ADC partnered with Sweden’s energy provider Stockholm Exergi for the construction of a new data center in Stockholm aimed at harnessing waste heat generated by the center’s computing equipment.

Under the partnership, ADC is building a data center in Stockholm Data Parks and will use the heat generated by servers hosted in the data center for local house-heating in Sweden’s capital. This arrangement will utilize heat that would otherwise go unused for the benefit of the community. The result will be a steep increase in the data center’s energy efficiency and a leap beyond only power efficiency for the benefit of ADC’s customers and the environment.

Choosing quality building materials

ADC’s green program encompasses the company’s choice of building materials with the lowest environmental impact. ADC has primarily relied on the structural engineered wood products or glued laminated timber, more popularly known as glulam, to erect its data centers.

The glulam framework has the lowest contribution in various environmental impact categories when compared to other frameworks, such as steel and concrete which are both more taxing on the environment.

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ADC is continuously adapting its infrastructure, management and operations so that all products, instruments and materials are used to their maximum and for their highest value. ADC aims to accelerate circular economic principles around the world and help braid them into the fabric of broader commercial operations, including processes, infrastructure and culture.


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