"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.
The number of energy-intensive datacenters in Sweden and Europe are increasing and their impact on the local community need to be sustainable.Cloudberry Datacenters will be coordinated by Luleå University of Technology and run in collaboration with RISE SICS North and the industry. The budget is approximately SEK 50 million and is jointly funded by government agencies, universities and industry. The Swedish Energy Agency contributes with 20 million SEK.
Porsön district in Luleå will become a testbed for such methods. Community workshops, design thinking, and socio-economic models will be used too find the best ways to support prosumers and the city to think beyond the box.
This means that energy ahestetics will be come an important factor to drive the energy transition of cities. It will lead to reimagine the most common urban infrastructures (sidewalks, streets, housing, etc.). "It will be interesting to work with the people living and working in Porsön to co-create togheter news ways of imagining and designing the city", Agatino Rizzo and Kristina Ek, both Associate Professors at Luleå University of Technology.