To validate and demonstrate the project’s objectives on heat recovery and the overall GENiC integrated energy management platform validation and demonstration, a small scale data centre C130 on the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Bishopstown Campus has been selected. The advantage of this is that the data centre facility is in an academic institution and is used primarily as an academic research and development environment which means that experimentation and demonstrations can be carried out, which would typically not be possible in the vast majority of production or commercial data centres. The data centre facility is small but is non the less suitable for demonstration as it currently shows all the problems of larger data centres in terms of the disconnection between IT load management and energy management. Also mechanisms for heat recovery or renewable powering are not yet available so this provides the project with an opportunity to demonstrate how these additions have the potential to improve energy efficiency of a data centre in larger environments.
Regarding the integration of the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) into the C130, instead of physically installing the RES on site, it has been decided to virtually supply the different RES with the real test facilities owned by consortium partner ACCIONA. The goal is to conveniently adapt and operate the Spain-based RES to produce energy to supply the demand of the C130 DC located in Cork. These two RES-based solutions (so called test sites, pilot plants or demo facilities) are operated in real conditions in two real locations in Madrid and Seville in Spain, not in Cork. By this, the energy produced by the RES test sites will be done on demand of the Cork data centre, but not really delivered to the DC.