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The Norwegian government will demand data centres and other large electricity users must explore offering their waste heat to district heating systems, according to a proposal circulated in February. Minister of Energy Tina Bru wants all companies that build or upgrade large energy-consuming plants to find out whether their waste heat can be used. Interested parties have till 14 April to respond to the consultation.
Bru’s proposal comes as Norway is implementing a Directive from the EU which will require large energy users to reuse their waste heat where possible. However, including data centres would take Norway’s implementation beyond the requirements of the EU.
The EU requires industrial plants greater than 20MW fired by gas, oil, waste, or bioenergy to explore connections with district heating suppliers. Bru would extend this in Norway, to include data centres with a capacity of more than 2MW, according to a report by Datacenter Forum of Sweden (...)
Last updated on the 04-03-2021 by Construction21 Communication
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