We believe that Data Centres will, in the future, be required to connect to existing or planned district heating networks as a condition of planning, indeed this is the case in the Netherlands (recent planning guidance from Haarlememeer, and as reported by us in this news item here).
The connection of data centres to district heating systems to utilise waste heat will always be a fairly major undertaking and obviously can impact on the cooling design selected and for the provision of connection plant (heat pumps/pipework etc).
This guide published by the UK BEIS and Carbon Trust covers “Stakeholder Engagement in Heat Networks, a guide for Project Managers”
Section 10 is of particular interest as it covers the Bunhill Energy Scheme which we understand is planning to add at least 2 data centre facilities to the network.
The document can be downloaded here