As of today, the first content of the TV streaming provider is running via its own data centre directly in a wind turbine.
A joint cooperation between Zattoo and WestfalenWIND now shows that climate-friendly streaming is possible. Through the wind farm operator’s green IT project windCORES, the TV streaming provider Zattoo is bringing its data centre directly into a wind turbine. As of today, the first content from the TV streaming provider is running via this innovative data centre. Zattoo and WestfalenWIND are taking on a pioneering role with this joint cooperation. As far as is known, this project is unique worldwide.
Global CO2 emissions are rising continuously and internet use is also contributing more and more to this. Streaming services, cloud applications and video conferencing are also being used more and more. This is made clear not least by the current Corona situation. Even though many data centres are already operated in an energy-efficient way, there are still a lot of CO2 emissions from the ongoing operation.
At Zattoo, one of the largest TV streaming providers in Europe, more than 80 million hours of TV content are streamed per month. More than five million gigabytes of data are exchanged between users and the data centre every day. At Zattoo alone, this consumes around one million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, the production of which usually generates CO2. Zattoo is therefore already working on a solution.
With the windCORES project of the wind farm operator WestfalenWIND from Paderborn, Zattoo plans to operate its own data centre directly in a wind power plant in the future. After a test phase, the first contents of the TV streaming provider are running via this innovative data centre as of today. With this, Zattoo not only uses green electricity from wind energy for the distribution of TV content, but also places its own data centre directly in the wind turbine, i.e. where the electricity is generated.
“With windCORES, the wind turbines are put to another sustainable use. In this way, we can reconcile the increasing demand for energy due to increasing digitalisation with the energy transition,” says Fiete Dubberke, Managing Director IT at WestfalenWIND.
“The idea of bringing computing capacity closer to clean energy generation while tapping into still unused space capacity is so simple and obvious and, from our point of view, a project that will hopefully set a precedent. We want to consistently become a sustainable company and encourage others to join in,” says Stefan Lietsch, Chief Technology Officer at Zattoo and responsible for the project.
At the end of 2020, Zattoo’s first servers moved into the wind turbine at WestfalenWIND. In this first phase, some important tests were first carried out on Zattoo’s systems and processes. This morning, the first servers were then put into operation. In the next phase, Zattoo wants to find out whether windCORES can meet the company’s own high standards of stability and reliability. This is extremely important for Zattoo, as a provider of live television, to ensure that its own service can be used around the clock. Gradually, Zattoo plans to run more and more content via the data centre in the wind turbine. As the first streaming provider in the world to move its servers into a wind turbine, Zattoo is entering completely new territory with this project. If the expectations for the project are fulfilled, Zattoo plans to make the wind turbine the main location for its own data centre in the future.
Zattoo (www.zattoo.com) is one of the leading TV streaming providers in Europe with around 3 million monthly users. Founded in 2005, the company employs over 170 people and has its headquarters in Zurich and another location in Berlin. Users in Switzerland, Germany and Austria watch all popular TV channels in HD and Full HD quality as well as a variety of video-on-demand content via Zattoo. Zattoo is available on almost all end devices, including smart TVs, PCs and laptops, streaming players as well as smartphones and tablets. In addition to free use, Zattoo also offers time-shifted TV functions and EU-wide streaming in its paid subscriptions. Since 2012, Zattoo has also offered its technology to media companies and network operators worldwide as a TV-as-a-service platform. The Swiss TX Group, a digital hub and network of media and platforms, has held a stake in Zattoo since 2008 and has held over 50 per cent since 2019.
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About WestfalenWIND IT
windCORES is a brand of WestfalenWIND IT GmbH & Co.KG, which belongs to the WestfalenWIND Group. The group, based in Paderborn and Lichtenau, operates and manages around 170 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 350 MW. It also has its own electricity sales division, a photovoltaic division and its own service team for the maintenance of wind turbines. With windCORES, WestfalenWIND wants to make the digital world “greener” and offer an innovative solution for a distributed data centre infrastructure of the future. The concept for operating climate-neutral data centres in wind turbines was developed by the company’s subsidiary WestfalenWIND IT GmbH & Co.KG in cooperation with the University of Paderborn (SICP) and registered as a patent. In 2019, the idea was awarded the German Data Centre Prize.
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