Cloud-computing data centers produce a lot of waste heat, which is typically dissipated using (energy-consuming) cooling systems. The OSE wants to do things differently. The office proposes channeling the heat into a district energy system, where it would provide heat and water to two city neighborhoods.
The ambitious plan is still in its analysis phase, Theresa Everline writes. But once built, a district energy system would allow Seattle to recycle energy, including heat from data centers, that would otherwise go to waste.