Project Description


Globally Optimised Energy Efficient Data Centres

Project Summary

The aim of the GENiC project was to develop a platform that uses renewables for power generation and to optimise cooling to reduce costs driven by the server workload while at the same time making use of the waste heat to heat nearby buildings such as offices or houses. GENiC focused on developing a novel, scalable, integrated management and control platform for data centre wide optimisation of energy consumption by integrating monitoring and control of the primary data centre energy producing/consuming components: computation, communication, and data storage, cooling, local power generation, energy storage, and waste heat recovery.


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The GENiC platform provides a set of services that are loosely coupled on the GENiC controller cluster to support energy optimisation. These provide functionalities to handle DC model mapping, sensor telemetry (Airflow, temperature and power), workload actuation, fault detection and diagnosis and historical data storage.

The platform includes open interfaces and a common data format and provides control and optimisation functions and decision support tools enabling data centre operators to achieve a substantial reduction in energy consumption, PUE and CUE. GENiC focused on defining a process and developing a tool chain supporting cost-effective integration of renewable energy sources into data centre power systems demonstrating renewable energy penetration in excess of 80%.

Funding Body

Project Start Date: 01 October 2013
Duration: 36 months

euflagThis project received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 608826


The collaborative project is coordinated by the Cork Institute of Technology and brings together a number of European partners:

  • United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC)
  • IBM
  • Acciona
  • ATOS
  • Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
  • University College Cork

Nimbus Centre Role

Nimbus Centre contributed to the requirements, use case, and architecture specification (WP1), the wireless monitoring platform and decision support system (WP4) and the overall system integration, in particular between the energy management and the IT load management system (WP5). Nimbus Centre also contributed to the demonstration activities as the host of the demonstration data centre site (WP6) and dissemination and exploitation of project results (WP7).  This project was coordinated by Prof. Dirk Pesch, Head of Nimbus Centre.