Heat from Facebook data centre warms almost 7k Danish households

The social media giant notes the technology can capture heat generated by its servers and deliver it to a local heat pump system

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Facebook has announced its data centre in Odense, Denmark, is successfully injecting heat into almost 7,000 local households via heat pumps.

The social media giant notes the technology can capture heat generated by its servers and deliver it to the system, which is operated by a local district heating company.

The project produces 100,000MWh of heat energy every year, enough to warm approximately 6,900 homes in the neighbouring area.

The data centre and its servers are powered by renewable energy provided by wind turbines.

Facebook says the facility’s recycled energy helps the city on its journey to achieving its net zero target and speeding up its efforts to phase out the use of coal by summer 2022, eight years earlier than its initial goal.