Seattle wants to recycle excess data center energy to heat up buildings

By Taylor Soper, Geek Wire

The City of Seattle is putting a new meaning to the word recycle.

Photo via Kevin LisotaPlans are in the works for the city to take excess energy from data centers to power what’s called a district heating system. Essentially, Seattle wants to use heat generated at a centralized location and spice it up with some modern technology. If approved, the new system would move the extra energy from data centers to a district heating system, which would then provide heat to buildings in the South Lake Union area.

The city is in discussions with Washington Clean Technology Alliance Gold member, Seattle Steam, a utility company called Corix and local developers to use excess energy from data centers at the Fisher Plaza and Westin Building Exchange. That system could potentially heat up Amazon’s new towers at its headquarters in South Lake Union.

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