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Converting DCs in Energy Flexibility Ecosystems (CATALYST)

Converting DCs in Energy Flexibility Ecosystems (CATALYST)

Objective

Data Centres (DC) are among the largest yet increasing energy consumers, due to the rising digitization of human activities. RES integration and energy efficiency improvements have the potential to reduce significantly DC carbon footprint, while increasing at the same time the auto-consumed energy, thus improving DC security and resiliency of supply against climate change. However, very few solutions, despite validated in lab, have been successfully deployed on operational DCs, mostly due to technological fragmentation, excessive CAPEX and lack of appropriate business models. CATALYST will address these challenges through turning existing/new DCs into flexible multi-energy hubs, which can sustain investments in RES and energy efficiency by offering mutualized flexibility services to the smart energy grids (both electricity and heat grids). By leveraging on the outcomes of FP7 GEYSER and DOLPHIN projects, CATALYST will adapt, scale up, validate and deploy an innovative, adaptable technological and business framework aimed at i) exploiting available DC non-IT legacy assets (onsite RES/backup generation, UPS/batteries, cooling system thermal inertia, heat pump for waste heat reuse) to deliver simultaneous energy flexibility services to multi-energy coupled electricity/heat/IT load marketplaces ii) deploying Cross-DC cross-infrastructures (e.g. heat vs IT) IT workload orchestration, by combining heat-demand driven HPC geographical workload balancing, with traceable ICT-load migration between federated DCs to match IT demands with time-varying on-site RES (“follow the energy approach”) iii) providing marketplace-as-a-service tools to nurture novel ESCO2.0 business models. The adaptation and replication potential of CATALYST will be demonstrated through carrying out four different real life trials spanning through the full spectrum of DCs types (fully distributed DCs, HPC, co-location, legacy) and architectures (from large centralized versus decentralized micro-DCs).
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Coordinator

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Address

Piazzale Dell'Agricoltura 24
00144 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 409 937,50

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SINGULARLOGIC ANONYMI ETAIREIA PLIROFORIAKON SYSTIMATON KAI EFARMOGON PLIROFORIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 303 100

ENEL.SI SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 150 241

ALLIANDER NV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 150 325

STICHTING GREEN IT CONSORTIUM REGIO AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 233 300

SCHUBERG PHILIS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 142 800

QARNOT COMPUTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 211 575

POWER OPERATIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 227 325

INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 206 750

UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 263 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 768739

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 982 805

  • EU contribution

    € 2 299 103,50

Coordinated by:

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Italy