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New Data Centers with Large-Scale Heat Reuse to be Built in Stockholm Data Parks 

Nov. 12, 2019 -- Three leading data center operators, IP-Only, Interxion and Advania Data Centers, have decided to build new data centers in Stockholm Data Park Kista with large-scale heat reuse. When operational, the data centers have the potential to heat more than 35,000 modern residential apartments in Stockholm.

Stockholm Data Parks was launched in 2017 with the purpose of contributing to the City of Stockholm's objective to become a fossil fuel free city by 2040. By preparing and offering suitable locations for data center investments, the city can increase the potential to harvest excess heat generated by data centers.

To attract data centers to come to Stockholm, a sustainable business model has been developed where data centers are paid for their excess heat. In that way, the data centers contribute to the elimination of the remaining fossil fuel in Stockholm Exergi's production of heat for households and offices in the city.

Thanks to that business model, the Stockholm Data Parks initiative and the high portion of buildings connected to and heated with district heating, Stockholm has established itself as the world-leader in large-scale heat reuse from major data centers.

“With Interxion expanding and IP-Only and Advania Data Centers choosing to enter Stockholm Data Parks to actively engage in heat recovery, this announcement sets a new standard for the data center industry. There is an increasing realization that end-users are expecting data centers to offer sustainable solutions. With our willingness to pay for excess heat, locating in Stockholm is not only more profitable, it also provides a competitive edge for these data centers in responding to customer demands for climate-neutral computing,” says Erik Rylander, Head of Stockholm Data Parks at Stockholm Exergi.

Stockholm Data Parks recently added a new site in Brista, close to Stockholm's international airport Arlanda. From the start, 220 000 square meters are available for data center investments with heat recovery. Work is ongoing to extend the land area with another 400 000 square meters.

About heat recovery and Stockholm Data Parks

Stockholm Exergi has been promoting heat recovery since 1979, with IBM’s data center as the first supplier of excess heat. Starting 2012, the work was intensified and a heat recovery offering named Open District Heating (“Öppen Fjärrvärme”) was launched. In 2017, it was decided, in cooperation with the City of Stockholm, Invest Stockholm, grid provider Ellevio and dark fiber operator Stokab, to launch Stockholm Data Parks to encourage major data center operators to locate in Stockholm with a view to performing heat recovery on a large scale. Examples of data center operators already supplying excess heat to Stockholm Exergi are Interxion, Ericsson and Bahnhof.

About Stockholm Exergi

Stockholm Exergi, jointly owned by the City of Stockholm and Fortum, is the Nordic leader in heat, cooling and heat recovery solutions. Stockholm Exergi provides heating for more than 800,000 people in metropolitan Stockholm and cooling for over 400 hospitals, data centers and other properties. The 700 employees are working together with customers and the local community to provide the city with simple, reliable and sustainable energy solutions.

About IP-Only

IP-Only is Northern Europe's leading provider of network infrastructure and network-related services. Based on IP-Only's stable fiber network, the company develops products and solutions that connect Sweden and the Nordic region with all the world's opportunities.

About Interxion

Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through more than 50 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With over 700 connectivity providers, 21 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest.

About Advania Data Centers

Advania Data Centers is a European technology company headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland. With two data center campuses in Iceland and one planned in Stockholm, Sweden, the company offers innovative colocation and infrastructure services and solutions to the high-density compute market, including its lighthouse product HPC|FLOW, that globally leading manufacturing, finance and engineering companies depend on for high performance computing and supercomputing needs. All Advania Data Center solutions are powered with renewable energy and extreme power efficiency, with PUE from 1.03.

Source: Advania Data Centers