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Greenhouse at data center

Published: 20 November 2018

Now researchers at Luleå Univesity of Technology want to take advantage of the waste heat generated by many industries in a better way. In a cold city like Luleå there are both heavy industries and large data centers that create large amounts of heat, which is apparent during the cold part of the year when steam rises to the sky.

"We have previously researched this with, among other things, Vattenfall and Bodens municipality. The difference this time is that we this time are going into more detail about how new types of greenhouse can be designed to utilize waste heat from data centers including lighting and humidity. By involving stakeholders in food production, we can both develop and evaluate greenhouse solutions", says Marcus Sandberg, researcher in Construction Management and Building Technology at Luleå University of Technology

In the Nordic countries, there are major challenges for the agricultural industry in terms of significant climate constraints, but there are also potentials for energy sources that can make agriculture more sustainable and help achieve the food supply objective in the government's strategy.

"The purpose of this project is to find technical, economic and social synergies between greenhouse gases and data centers that can help make agriculture competitive and sustainable in the Nordic region", says Agatino Rizzo, Associate Professor in Urban Planning at Luleå University of Technology.

Many farms in Sweden have high production costs due to the need for added energy and tend to grow a single crop to optimize profit. However, this is a vulnerable business model, as it reduces the adaptability of farmers to market changes.

Agatino Rizzo

Rizzo, Agatino - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 493438
Room: T3063 - Luleå»
Marcus Sandberg

Sandberg, Marcus - Associate Professor

Organisation: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 493072
Room: T2011 - Luleå»
Andreas Johansson

Johansson, Andreas - Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Control Engineering, Signals and Systems, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492334
Room: A2552 - Luleå»
Suzanna Törnroth

Törnroth, Suzanna - PhD Student

Organisation: Industrial Design, Humans and Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
Phone: +46 (0)920 491785
Room: A3511 - Luleå»
Cristina Ramos Caceres

Ramos Caceres, Cristina - PhD Student

Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 493024
Room: T3064 - Luleå»

Vesterlund, Mattias - Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Energy Engineering, Energy Science, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics