Efforts to reuse the heat that data center operators work so hard to extract are nothing new. But officials in Seattle are hoping to take things one step further.
The Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment is developing a plan to reuse waste heat from nearby data centers and other sources to power a so-called “district heating” system that would deliver sustainable hot water and heat to buildings in the city’s South Lake Union and Denny Triangle neighborhoods. The city is working with tenants, local heating utility Seattle Steam, and Corix, a Vancouver, Ontario-based provider of sustainable utility infrastructures, on the plan.
While the project is only in a discussion phase, a full analysis should be completed by late November, at which point the plan would be presented to the mayor’s office, and potentially the city council.
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