The Project

CATALYST aspires to turn data centres into flexible multi-energy hubs, which can sustain investments in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. Leveraging on results of past projects, CATALYST will adapt, scale up, deploy and validate an innovative technological and business framework that enables data centres to offer a range of mutualized energy flexibility services to both electricity and heat grids, while simultaneously increasing their own resiliency to energy supply.

THE CATALYST VISION & CHALLENGE

Over the last decade, data centres, being the backbone of our digital societies, have made strides in successfully implementing energy efficient measures to reduce their energy and carbon footprint and bring down the accompanying costs. Nevertheless, as the industry becomes more mature and aware of its social and environmental impact and responsibilities, it becomes apparent that new opportunities can arise. In addition, developments in related sectors such as integration of renewable energy sources to power grids, heat networks and emerging energy services models provide fertile grounds to explore further data centre interaction with their local ecosystem to continuously improve their energy efficiency.

Indeed, recent initiatives and projects, such as EU FP7 GEYSER and DOLFIN, have explored such opportunities and delivered technological and business proof of concepts to support data centres integration with their smart city ecosystem. Notwithstanding, few such solutions are successfully being deployed on operational data centres. This is mostly due to technological fragmentation, excessive CAPEX and lack of appropriate business models.

Addressing these challenges, CATALYST aspires to turn data centres into flexible multi-energy hubs, which can sustain investments in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. Leveraging on results of past projects, CATALYST will adapt, scale up, deploy and validate an innovative technological and business framework that enables data centres to offer a range of mutualized energy flexibility services to both electricity and heat grids, while simultaneously increasing their own resiliency to energy supply.

The adaptation and replication potential of the CATALYST solution will be demonstrated by carrying out four pilots in operational data centres, spanning through the full spectrum of data centre types, from fully distributed, High Performance Computing (HPC) to colocation and legacy, and architectures, from large centralized versus decentralized micro data centres.

At a glance

  • No: 768739
  • Acronym: CATALYST
  • Title: Converting data centres in energy flexibility ecosystems
  • Starting date: October 1, 2017
  • Duration in months: 36
  • Call identifier: H2020-EE-2017-RIA-IA
  • Topic: EE-20-2017; Bringing to market more energy efficient and integrated data centres