Stockholm should be the obvious choice for the establishment of major data centres. This is the shared ambition of the City of Stockholm’s through Stockholm Business Region, the Strategic Urban Development Unit, the Town Planning Office, and Stokab, along with Fortum Värme and Ellevio. Accordingly, the players involved have decided to enter into a structured partnership.
The idea and vision behind the joint venture is to utilise the synergies that exist between Stockholm's district heating network, the reliable supply of renewable electricity, and Stockholm's position as a leading international centre of ICT. This allows for the large-scale establishment of the world's most eco-friendly and energy-efficient data centres in Stockholm.
One of the most significant competitive advantages for data centre operators who establish operations in Stockholm is that, owing to the Open District Heating business model, they are afforded remuneration for excess heat recycled from the data centres' servers to Fortum Värme's district heating network. Normally, this heat dissipates into the atmosphere, but now it is being harnessed and is becoming an important share of the city's heating. Not only is this profitable for data centres, but it also constitutes a major step towards the city's environmental goal of having a fossil fuel free Stockholm by 2040.
"With the Open District Heating concept, we are proud to be an important partner in a collaboration that will attract international investment to Stockholm while, at the same time, increasing the city's sustainability," says Anders Egelrud, CEO of Fortum Värme
Olle Zetterberg, CEO of Stockholm Business Region, offered his thoughts on the collaboration:
"Stockholm Business Region, which is tasked with marketing the Stockholm region to international investors, views this collaboration as a major strength in the work involved to attract foreign data centre operators to the region. Collectively, Stockholm will be able to offer a unique infrastructure, low costs and a green profile for the requisite digital infrastructure.”
"The more flexible energy system of the future will place high demands on our electricity networks, and Ellevio will play a key role in this," says Johan Lindehag, CEO of Ellevio. "We are making large investments in strengthening the electricity network in and around Stockholm. These investments create the conditions necessary for a reliable electricity supply, which is imperative if we are to build a visionary, international data hub in Stockholm."
From now until 2026, the collaboration geared towards the large-scale establishment of green data centres will facilitate the construction of data centres in the Stockholm region comprising a gross area totalling approximately 300,000 square metres.
For more information, please contact:
Jonatan Björck, Press Officer for Ellevio, +46 72 56 15 416