Ready to Decarbonize & Boost Energy Efficiency at Data Centers?

Iberdrola Seeks Your Innovative Solutions

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Iberdrola firmly believes that the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 is possible and makes economic sense. Decarbonizing the economy and digital innovation entail building innovative distribution grids to cope with new models of electricity consumption.

Cooling at a data center converts energy used by servers and transfers it to an air or liquid stream that transports the heat out of the building, which is eventually discharged into the atmosphere.

Two challenges come with trying to use this hot air: the low temperature of the waste heat and the difficulty and cost of transporting the heat to an end user.

Worldwide, despite 10,000+ or more large data centers in operation, fewer than 100 are participating in heat reuse.

In this context, Iberdrola in collaboration with Schneider Electric and Microsoft, through PERSEO – Iberdrola’s International Startup Program – is launching this challenge, seeking innovative solutions boosting energy efficiency at data centers, allowing facility sites to improve their power usage effectiveness.

Heat & Water Recovery

Reuse of the heat generated by data centres – hot air stream at 32 to 40 degrees Celsius for residential, commercial, or industrial processes.

Smart Building

Smart & digital cooperation between different energy management systems, such as thermal & electrical systems.

Demand-Side Response Capability

Solutions for the provision of flexibility and balancing services to grid operators.

Winning this Challenge will award you with signing a collaboration agreement for the development of a Proof-of-Concept (PoC). The PoC will be developed in collaboration with experts from Iberdrola, Schneider Electric, and Microsoft, among others. Additionally, PERSEO covers the costs of the pilot activities and provides you with the necessary technical support, giving access to infrastructures and real data to test your solution.

Pilot Project

Sign a collaboration agreement with Iberdrola and/or PERSEO. The project costs are covered & you will get full technical support to test your solution.

New Clients

If the pilot project succeeds, Iberdrola and/or PERSEO will add your solutions to its service territory and relevant companies within the group.

Scaling

If the pilot succeeds, Iberdrola and/or PERSEO may offer you the opportunity to scale up your solution by means of commercial agreements.

Possible Investment

PERSEO, the risk capital vehicle of Iberdrola, might consider investing in the winner’s solution as well.

Timeline

9 May 2022
Applications Open

1 June 2022
Application Deadline

from June 2022

Evaluation

2022

Pilot Project

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Contact Iberdrola
IberdrolaChallenge@iberdrola.es

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What is the background of this Challenge?

Iberdrola firmly believes that the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 is possible and makes economic sense. Decarbonizing the economy and digital innovation entail building innovative distribution grids to cope with new models of electricity consumption.

Today, the data centers industry has grown exponentially as a core component of the digital economy and will continue to grow over time as cloud computing expands. Data centers represent a growing source of power demand accounting for 200 terawatt-hours (TWh) a year – around 1% of total global electricity demand. In some locations such as Ireland, where there is a huge density of data centers, this ratio could account for up to 14% of the electricity consumption.

Cooling at a data center converts energy used by servers and transfers it to an air or liquid stream that transports the heat out of the building, which is eventually discharged into the atmosphere.

Two challenges come with trying to use this hot air: the low temperature of the waste heat and the difficulty and cost of transporting the heat to an end-user.

In this context, Iberdrola in collaboration with Schneider Electric and Microsoft, through PERSEO – Iberdrola’s International Startup Program – is launching this challenge, looking for innovative solutions to boost energy efficiency at data centers and allow facility sites to improve their power usage effectiveness.

Why are Iberdrola and/or PERSEO the right partners for my company?

Iberdrola is no stranger to working with startups and emerging companies - over the last two years, the Group has launched over 16 Startup Challenges to address pressing issues in today's energy networks.

Moreover, working with Iberdrola presents a unique opportunity:

Winning this Challenge will award you with signing a collaboration agreement for the development of a Proof-of-Concept (PoC). The PoC will be developed in collaboration with experts from Iberdrola, Schneider Electric, and Microsoft.

Additionally, PERSEO covers the costs of the pilot activities and provides you with the necessary technical support, giving access to infrastructures and real data to test your solution.

Finally, PERSEO may consider investing in your solution!

What solutions are you looking for?

Iberdrola in collaboration with Schneider Electric and Microsoft, through PERSEO – Iberdrola’s International Startups Programme – is launching this challenge, looking for innovative solutions boosting energy efficiency at data centers, allowing facility sites to improve their power usage effectiveness.

Those energy efficiency solutions might focus on areas such as:

Sub-challenge A: Heat & Water Recovery – Reuse of the heat generated by data centers (hot air stream at 32-40 Celsius degrees) for residential, commercial, or industrial processes.

Sub-challenge B: Smart Building – Smart cooperation between different energy management systems, such as thermal & electrical systems.

Sub-challenge C: Demand-Side Response Capability – solutions for the provision of flexibility and balancing services to grid operators.

What are the Challenge's key benefits for me?

Your benefits include:

• Collaboration Agreement & Pilot Test: The prize for the winner consists of a collaboration and test agreement with PERSEO or any other Iberdrola group company. The group will support the cost of the pilot activities.

• Access-all-Areas: Iberdrola will provide the winner with all necessary technical support, as well as a site and real data to test the solution. This includes access to equipment, teams, infrastructure, high technology sites, and shared work areas.

• Scale Your Technology: If the pilot test is satisfactory, Iberdrola may offer the winner the opportunity to scale up the solution by adapting it through commercial agreements.

• Investment: What's more, PERSEO will consider investing in the participating company and/or the winner of the challenge.

What do I need to know about the Pilot Project?

The winner of the challenge will sign a partnership contract with Iberdrola and/or PERSEO and will be able to test their solution in a real environment.

For the collaboration of the pilot project, Iberdrola will:

• assume the costs of the collaboration and the proof of concept
• provide the necessary technical support to test the solution proposed
• give access to equipment, appliances, infrastructure, high technology sites, and joint work areas
• provide a real environment and real data to test the solution

The project will be developed in collaboration with technical specialists from the Iberdrola Group.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

You are welcome to submit more than one proposal, just make sure to submit a separate application form for each proposal.

When is the application deadline?

The application period for this challenge ends on 1 June 2022.

How will the applications be evaluated?

The following value propositions will be considered, among others:

• The maturity, reliability, and scalability of the solution
• Simplicity of installation
• Economic impact for data centers managers (cost vs revenue)
• Power usage effectiveness improvement, likely positive
• Energy Reuse Effectiveness, or ERE, a measure of heat reuse success
• Applicability of the solution for this and other industries

Proposals should specify what equipment and connections are needed to implement their solutions.

The proposals received will be analyzed by experts from Iberdrola, Schneider Electric and Microsoft’s experts teams and, among others.