IT service company Tieto’s new energy efficient data centre has won a Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) award in the U.S. The award was presented for the company’s data centre solution in Espoo in the Beyond the Data Center category.
Commissioned at the beginning of the year, the Espoo data centre solution in Finland emphasises energy efficiency. According to Tieto, the volume of heat put back into the district heat network is greater than in any other similar solution. The centre produces 30 gigawatt hours of heat, which is the equivalent of the annual heat requirement for about 1,500 houses. The heat from the computer room centre is distributed to homes in Espoo through energy company Fortum's district heating network.
The new data centre is the first module in an entity being built in Espoo, planned to comprise a total of 6,000 square metres of data centre space. Tieto also has data centres elsewhere in the Helsinki metropolitan area as well as in Stockholm, St Petersburg and Moscow.
The GEIT Awards are presented by the U.S. Uptime Institute, which is an independent research and consultation organization promoting data centre performance and energy efficiency on a global scale. The aim of the annual Uptime Institute Symposium is to highlight successful solutions that reduce energy consumption in the data centre and IT industry.
In 2010, the same award was given to another Finnish company, Helsingin Energia, for its solution which innovatively uses heat generated by computers for heating buildings and domestic water.