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Data servers installed in turbine tower

GERMANY: A wind turbine in Germany is not only producing clean electricity but is also the first in Germany to host a computing and data storage centre providing IT outsourcing products, and supply it directly with green power.

The servers have been installed inside a turbine tower, reducing electricity costs (pic: Windcore)
The servers have been installed inside a turbine tower, reducing electricity costs (pic: Windcore)

Four fire-resistant safety cabinets, protected from unauthorised access and electromagnetic interference, each with space for 62 server rack units, have been installed in the 13 metre wide turbine tower at a wind project in Lichtenau, North Rhine-Westphalia.

The so-called Windcores system is designed to provide reasonably priced, local computing and data capacity with 99.9% availability.

Electricity bills can be virtually halved to €0.15/kWh, according to the group behind the project.

Windcores has been developed by WestfalenWind IT — part of the Westfalenwind Group, which operates 140 wind turbines with about 330MW in the region — and the University of Paderborn, along with partners InnoZent OWL, Innofactory and the DTM group.

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