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Datacenter Waste Energy to Heat Homes in 'U.K.-First' Scheme

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It's warm in the datacenter.

According to project developer Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), datacenters offer a predictable supply of low-grade heat.

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The U.K. government has announced plans to power homes with datacenter waste heat as part of a £36-million ($44.2-million) project.

The scheme will be run by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation in the London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, and Ealing.

It will serve 10,000 new homes and 250,000 m2 of commercial space, as well as a hospital, providing heating and hot water from waste heat from nearby datacenters through a local network. 

The datacenters involved in the project have not been named.

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