Parisian aquatic centre uses data centre to heat swimming pool

By Alice Richard
Tuesday, 05 April, 2016

A Parisian aquatic centre is drawing heat for one of its swimming pools from an unlikely source: a tech company’s data servers.

The Butte aux Cailles centre, in the 13th arrondissement, will heat a pool with energy taken from a batch of computer servers located underground, The Connexion, a French English-language newspaper has reported.

Globally, data centres consume 3% of energy produced, exuding large amounts of heat from their servers, which run more efficiently at lower temperatures. The heat produced is an untapped resource, providing cheap energy for heating buildings — or swimming pools.

Stimergy, a start-up based in Grenoble, is carrying out the project. The company has already harnessed the warmth given off by data centres to heat a university gym and several blocks of social housing.

Originally published here.

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