This program supports the development of solutions that increase the energy efficiency of data centres.
This program supports the development of solutions that cover several of the following areas:
Innovative and energy efficient cooling solutions.
Waste heat reuse.
Geographical and temporal workload balance.
Integration of local and remote renewable energy sources.
Integration in smart grids.
Integration with district heating/cooling networks.
Integration of power backup system in the grid.
Use of heat pumps for efficient use of waste heat.
The applicant must be a consortium of at least 3 different unrelated legal entities in 3 different Horizon 2020 affiliated countries. Proposals should build upon the results of previous projects such as the ones funded under the FP7-Smartcities Call 2013 (namely RenewIT, DC4Cities, Dolfin, Genic, GreenDataNet, GEYSER). Proposals should focus on new and existing data centres (indicatively from 500 kW to 1 MW IT load).
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 3 million would allow this area to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Funding rate is 70% for profit seeking organizations and 100% for non-profits.
This program will have 1 more call on 2017 January 19 which has a budget of 22 million euros that it shares with 2 other research programs.