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Heat re-use technology to be used in new Manchester data centre by Datum

Wed 31 Jan 2024

MCR2 Data Centre based in Manchester by Datum

Datum has unveiled plans for its new Manchester data centre, which will feature heat re-use capabilities in line with the company’s sustainability goals.

The facility, designed to utilise waste heat for local projects in Wythenshawe, Manchester, aims to set a new standard in eco-friendly data centre operations.

Sustainable Design and Community Benefits

The heat re-use system will allow heat exchangers to transfer the data centre’s thermal load to a local community heating network, enhancing energy efficiency and supporting the facility’s cooling needs.

The MCR2 data centre will target a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2. The data centre will offer over 50,000sqft of enterprise-grade colocation space with 2N power redundancy, 100% 24/7 uptime, ISO27001 certification, and NSI Gold Approved BS5979 security.

Adjacent to Datum’s existing Manchester site, the new data centre incorporates the latest in sustainability practices, from clean energy sources, including solar PV panels, to renewable HVO biofuels for emergency generators. The PV system will generate over 83,000 kWh/yr with a CO2 emissions reduction of over 7.4 tonnes annually.

The new data centre has been designed to handle an external ambient temperature of 40+°C, to help mitigate climate change risks related to extreme heat.

Matt Edgley, Chief Operating Officer for Datum, said: “We have worked hard to ensure that sustainability principles are embedded at every stage of the development of our MCR2 facility … We hope to be able to expand fast enough to meet demand in the Manchester region, so that we can support our clients’ growth through resilient, secure and dependable data centre services and hosting solutions.”

Where possible, Datum will focus on local sourcing, minimal noise disruption, and an extensive waste management and biodiversity plan. The project also includes a biodiversity plan to protect nature and reverse the degradation of ecosystems. It is also expected to support jobs for 15 full-time employees, including suppliers.

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