UK homes heated by data centre waste heat

The government has allocated nearly £65 million for innovative projects, including using waste heat from data centres to heat homes, aiming to create low cost and sustainable heating solutions

Big Zero Report 2023

Thousands of homes in the UK will benefit from a new initiative that employs waste heat from computer data centres to provide heating.

Five projects have received approximately £65 million in government funding for cleaner heating solutions.

One of these projects, located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, will recycle waste heat from data centres to heat 10,000 new homes and 250,000 square metres of commercial space, supported by £36 million in government funds.

This initiative is part of the Green Heat Network Fund and includes projects in London, Watford, Suffolk and Lancaster.

Lancaster University will receive over £21 million to establish a low carbon heat network on its campus, using a large heat pump, solar energy and wind power.

David Lunts, Chief Executive of the Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), said: “Recycling the huge amounts of wasted heat from our local data centres into heat and energy for local residents, a major hospital and other users is an exciting and innovative example of OPDC’s support for the mayor’s net zero ambitions.”

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