Data centres are energy consumers. That’s why the University of Ghent wishes to reduce the energy consumption and its following exploitation expenses for its newly built data centre on campus ‘De Sterre’.
Ingenium supported the University of Ghent by selecting the most optimal and technical energy supplier for the data centre. This data centre was integrated in the existing infrastructure on campus.
The most interesting solution is a full-scenario with tri-generation and heat delivery to the surrounding building. The investment and time recovery for this cost is quite high so the cost-effectiveness depends on the future energy prices. Step by step, with first the integration of heat delivery, it's possible to work on a final verifiable result.
The advantage of the introduced scenario could be lifted by opting for advanced absorption cooling machines (a technical pioneer) or trough additional government support. Ingenium designed a calculating tool that supports the University to determine the optimal strategy.