Developing a Novel and Integrated Datacenter Concept Design Based on Hydrogen Production

Ali Khosravi*, Mohammad Malekan*

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Abstract

Over the past few decades, data centers have made significant strides in enhancing their sustainability practices. These efforts range from minimizing power usage effectiveness (PUE) and carbon usage effectiveness (CUE) to enhancing water usage effectiveness (WUE). However, it's time for the data center industry to take a groundbreaking step forward. By effectively managing waste heat, data centers can become energy providers, boosting their profitability, and improving their energy reuse effectiveness (ERE) metrics. In this paper, we explore the crucial role of efficient heat management in optimizing the performance of an electrolyzer and maximizing the production of green hydrogen. Specifically, we focus on the importance of maintaining the stack temperature of the electrolyzer within a specific range to ensure maximum efficiency. We then propose a novel and integrated design concept for data centers that combines hydrogen production with district heating. An electrolyzer can be connected to both the data center and district heating systems, enabling the heat management system of the data center (e.g., heat pump) for powering the electrolyzer. Additionally, district heating can be utilized for thermal management of the electrolyzer, further improving the overall efficiency of the system. Additionally, the waste heat produced during the electrolysis process can be harnessed and employed to supplement the district heating system. This symbiotic relationship between the two systems results in a reduction in carbon emissions and improved energy efficiency. Our paper examines the technical feasibility of this proposed system and highlights the potential benefits for data centers and district
heating systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Proceedings of Ecos 2023 - The36th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems
PublisherECOS
Publication date2023
Pages920-930
ISBN (Electronic)9781713874928
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventECOS 2023 36th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 25. Jun 202330. Jun 2023
https://ecos2023.com/

Conference

ConferenceECOS 2023 36th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems
LocationLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
Country/TerritorySpain
Period25/06/202330/06/2023
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Keywords

  • Datacenter
  • District heating
  • Green transition
  • Hydrogen production
  • Waste heat recovery

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