RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, DATA CENTERS
Amidst the environmental crisis and the worldwide campaign to reduce energy emissions, the co-generation principle or CHP (Combined Heat and Power) have come into a spotlight. Co-generation is a principle of utilizing the waste heat, which is generally discarded during the production of electricity, as a source of thermal energy.
The Netherlands has long been a leader in implementing co-generation technology for residential, commercial applications as well as in the horticulture sector. The large apartment complexes, data centers, and greenhouse growers install CHP systems to simultaneously produce electrical and thermal energy, resulting in 20-40% savings. The advances in co-generation technology allowed for development of micro turbines as small as 3kw/h electrical output to use for small residential housing.
Vitality Vector technology can be coupled with either large CHP systems or small micro turbines to generate electricity and drinking water, as well as provide cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.
The ICT sector accounts for almost 2% of the world electrical consumption and the cooling of data centers represents almost half of this energy. Almost 30% of the total operating cost of a data center is spent on keeping the equipment cooled. Traditionally, data centers are cooled by high energy consuming vapor compression technology, but the impending environmental crisis have transformed the search for alternative cooling methods into a quest for financial and environmental efficiency. There are many solutions with passive and evaporative cooling systems that have been considered or implemented, but the sensitivity of the IT equipment to the air quality and temperature has made it difficult to avoid using the conventional cooling systems entirely.