Video: Cooling A Data Center with Ground Water

Using the local environment to support cooling systems was a key focus of the recent Google Data Center Efficiency Summit in Zurich. One of the case studies featured a new data center for PlusServer, a unit of the large German-based hosting company Intergenia AG. In this video from the summit, PlusServer CTO Jochen Berger describes how the company’s new DataDock facility in Strasbourg, France uses groundwater cooling, pulling cold water from two wells that are 60 meters deep to support its heat exchangers. The ground water is between 12 and 14 C (54 to 57 degrees F). This video runs about 16 minutes.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. This data center is located inside the SFR data center (originally built by LDCom Networks). You can see aerial view on Wikimapia ( or on Bing / Google map searching for "1 rue du Havre, Strasbourg, FRANCE".