Equinix has revealed a new rooftop farm on one of its data centers in France. The facility makes use of waste energy from the data center to power. It is located in the Equinix PA10 data center in Saint-Denis, Paris. The aim of the project was to promote the sustainable use of data centers, as well as promote health and well-being since the food grown is expected to be shared among staff and visitors, said Reid Brewin Architects (RBA), the company that designed and built the project.
RBA said that seasonal fruit and vegetables can be grown in the greenhouse through its hydroponic system. Hydroponics have been used to minimize water usage and make the most of the space.
The facility consists of a 430m² greenhouse along with 570m² of green space, and the garden is powered through a heat recovery system linked to heat exchangers connected to the data center’s water cooling system.
Photo source: Reid Brewin Architects