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PEDCA
Pan-European Data Centre Academy

Objective

Data centres are the cornerstones which underpin the digital economy, and create the essential environment for both business and employment to flourish. It is becoming urgent for established data centre states to contribute to R&D, share and develop skills, define standards and promote strategies for network investment. All of these activities will lead to increased trust of new technology such as cloud computing and encourage collaboration and interoperability. EU states with a less established data centre industry and footprint, but with a need for it to grow can benefit greatly from the knowledge transfer, insight, experience and raised profile.

Initial research and workshops held between industry leaders and academic institutions within UK, The Netherlands and Germany has confirmed that Europe would benefit greatly from the creation of a Pan-European Data Centre Research and Development Academy.

Most data centre related standards, guidelines and research comes from the USA which often causes a confusing mix of conflicting information with little relevance to Europe. Therefore, many new innovations that promote energy efficiency and general improvements are misinterpreted, not taken up or developed. This is due to a perceived risk factor due to lack of testing, validation and education.

The vision, which is shared by the vast majority of the data centre sector, is to build upon existing collaboration within the data centre industry via the DCA. The foundations of such a initiative and broad agreement has already been reached. The proposal is to establish and extend the facility to all European Union states encompassing both higher education and the wider data centre industry. This is in order to meet the challenges laid out within the Europe’s Digital Agenda.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

FP7-REGIONS-2012-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON
Address
University Way 4-6 Docklands Campus
E16 2RD London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 197 283,06
Administrative Contact
Hassan Abdalla (Prof.)

Participants (12)

TWENTE INSTITUTE FOR WIRELESS AND MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 60 146,76
Address
Institutenweg 30
7521PK Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Brouwer (Mr.)
CERTIOS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 298 174,95
Address
Keizersgracht 241 Kamer 241
1016 EA Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Verhagen (Mr.)
DATA CENTRE ALLIANCE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 165 159,67
Address
Mill Court, Mill Lane 2-3
RG14 5RE Newbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Campbell-Whyte (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 139 945,99
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)
AIMES GRID SERVICES COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 118 314,55
Address
Edge Lane 360 Baird House 2Nd Floor Liverpool Digital Liverpool Innovation Park
L7 9NJ Liverpool
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kehoe Dennis (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 131 056
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sonia Heemstra De Groot (Prof.)
WUSYS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 152 957
Address
Vilbeler Landstrasse 255
60388 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gunter Papenberg (Mr.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 104 231
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dagmar Cords (Ms.)
STICHTING GREEN IT CONSORTIUM REGIO AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 137 377,01
Address
Keizersgracht 62
1015 CS Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaak Vlasveld (Mr.)
LONDON & PARTNERS LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 63 979
Address
More London Riverside 2
SE1 2RR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris Orange (Mr.)
STICHTING MILIEUKEUR
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 74 104
Address
Alexanderveld 7
2585 DB Den Haag
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Regina Van Der Sijp (Ms.)
WIRTSCHAFTSFORDERUNG FRANKFURT - FRANKFURT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 68 397,01
Address
Hanauer Landstrasse 126-128
60314 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johannes Schaefer (Mr.)