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Press Release -- June 19th, 2012
Source: Telecity Group

TelecityGroup introduces innovative underground energy storage system in new Amsterdam facility

Data centre provider continues innovation in energy efficiency

TelecityGroup, Europe’s industry-leading provider of premium carrier-neutral data centres, is using innovative technology in its new Amsterdam data centre, Southeast AMS 5.

The site will utilise one of the largest installations of an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) system which will significantly improve the efficiency of the facility’s cooling capabilities, and contribute to the data centre’s industry-leading environmental performance. ATES is an innovative thermal technology which utilises the naturally stored groundwater found in Amsterdam’s unique geography. The system works in harmony with the seasons by storing water in underground wells which is warmed by waste heat from the data centre in the summer and cooled by the lower external temperatures in the winter. The cool water is stored in the ground and is then used in summer as a part of the cooling process.

“While ATES systems are used widely across the Netherlands, the technology has never been rolled out before on such a large data centre project,” said Alexandra Schless, Managing Director, TelecityGroup Netherlands. “TelecityGroup is dedicated to driving innovation in the industry and maximising the energy efficiency of our operations by developing solutions that complement regional conditions. The efficiency and resilience of the ATES system is a great example of this innovation and we’re delighted be able to introduce it on such a significant scale.”

TelecityGroup is committed to minimising its environmental impact through an intensive and ongoing Energy Management Programme, which includes the implementation of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres’ best practices across its data centre portfolio. All its data centre facilities, including Southeast AMS5, are certified to ISO 14001 – an internationally recognised accreditation for organisations that demonstrate superior environmental management.

The first phase of TelecityGroup’s Amsterdam Southeast AMS 5 data centre opened earlier this year. Once fully built out, it will provide 6,000m2 of customer floor space and nine megawatts (MW) of customer capacity. Hosting an AMS-IX point-of-presence from launch, the facility is a highly-connected digital ecosystem providing direct access to an unrivalled choice of international and local fixed line, broadband and mobile networks, content distribution networks, trading platforms and cloud hubs.

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