In collaboration with Snøhetta, Skanska, AsplanViak and Nokia, a high level design phase has been carried out to develop a vision for a new data centre model- creating the “SPARK City” concept. The SPARK City, places its primary emphasis on energy efficiency and the re-use of thermal energy to the surrounding campus elements or city.
MIRIS is responsible for aquisition of land, zoning and concept development. However, MIRIS will only develop 30% of residential areas and 50% of commercial areas. All other property will be sold to Industry, Municipalities and other property developers.
EDGE computing makes faster data processing possible by placing computing power close to the users. This technology enables connected devices to process data created at the “EDGE,” which is either within or much closer to the devices themselves. It requires data centers to be built much closer to users in business and residential communities, as this provides faster service. However, data centers traditionally produce large amounts of wasted thermal energy and are noisy.
The MIRIS SPARK concept use silent liquid cooling to cool the data centers. The heated thermal energy by-product will be channeled to provide sustainable heating to the surrounding areas. This reduces the need for additional energy generation, all the while providing the construction and development capability to build the smart communities of the future.
MIRIS also ensures the optimization of the size and positioning of the data centers for living and working practices from full-size data centers integrated with the surrounding community, to small tactical units inserted into pockets of urban centers where they are needed, and supports regeneration.