Tomorrow Water, an environmental solutions provider, announced this Monday it entered into a partnership with Arcadis to advance a sustainable data center project in the US. Arcadis is a global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets and sustainable water solutions.
Firstly, the project in question is Tomorrow Water’s Co-Flow; a patented process for sustainably co-locating data centers with wastewater treatment plants. Co-Flow integrates a wastewater treatment plant and a data center on a single plot of land.
Moreover, it links the energy and fluid streams of both facilities to improve sustainability and economics. The process also features an innovative water-cooling concept that results in compact footprints; reduced potable water use, energy and life cycle costs. All of these, while creating a highly attractive and sustainable solution for data centers especially in water-stressed areas.
In addition, the technology enables data centers to operate on top of the existing treatment infrastructure. Therefore, further reducing the footprint required for the new data centers.
As a result, as part of the agreement, Arcadis will conduct a technical and economic evaluation of the Co-Flow concept and process patents. Once the evaluation is complete, Arcadis and Tomorrow will develop the first Co-Flow projects in the US.
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Ufuk Erdal, senior vice president at Arcadis, said about the partnership. “Co-locating datacenters and wastewater reclamation plants will help reduce wastewater discharges, offset potable water demand, and offer triple-bottom-line benefits to the water-stressed regions.”
He also remarked. “We are excited to partner with Tomorrow Water to explore how the Co-Flow process may enable co-location projects that improve quality of life.”
On the other hand, Anthony Dusovic, COO of Tomorrow Water noted. “Reimagining efficiency models for vital infrastructure such as data centers and wastewater treatment plants is just one way we will contribute to safeguarding the environment for future generations.”
Finally, He also said. “Co-Flow’s impact potential is quite high and supports the industry’s need to make data centers more sustainable. In fact, we are in discussion with several data center developers and owner/operators, such as Samsung, who owns/operates 17 data centers.”