Tieto’s new energy efficient data centre has won the internationally renowned Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Award. The recognition from the US Uptime Institute came in the Beyond the Data Centre category. The institute seeks and supports activities that improve energy efficiency in the IT industry, fosters information sharing and introduction of energy efficient practises and innovations on a global scale.
Commissioned at the beginning of the year, the award was presented to the Espoo data centre solution in Finland where the planning focused on energy efficiency. The volume of the heat put back into the district heat network is greater than in any other similar solution. The PUE value of the system’s energy efficiency is 1.2-1.3 when the value normally ranges between 1.8 and 3.
The centre produces 30 gigawatt hours of heat, which is the equivalent of the annual heat requirement for about 1 500 houses. The heat from the computer room centre is distributed to homes in Espoo through Fortum’s district heating network. Heat produced in the data centre is used to replace fossil-fuel based heat production, which means a reduction in CO2 emissions by approximately 10,000 tons per year.
”The new data centre in Espoo is a great example of our next generation super efficient data centres and shows that we take sustainable development seriously. We are very glad and proud of the recognition. The award proves that we are on the right track,” says Carl-Harald Andersson, Senior Vice President, responsible for Corporate Responsibility in Tieto.
The awarded data centre is the first module in an entity being built in Espoo, planned to comprise a total of 6,000 square metres of data centre space. Tieto also has data centres elsewhere in the Helsinki metropolitan area as well as in Stockholm, St Petersburg and Moscow.
Uptime Institute is an independent research, training and consultation organization promoting data centre performance and energy efficiency. The Institute serves data centre industry players, such as operators, component manufacturers, service providers and engineers. The aim of the annual Uptime Institute Symposium is to distribute best practices in the data centre and IT industry and to highlight successful solutions that reduce energy consumption.