Sustainable data centers


The aim of the joint research project is to make data centers as the heart of data management future-proof and sustainable. Together with partners from science and practice, transdisciplinary cooperation is being conducted in this field under the direction of the University of Stuttgart.

Research Question

The project "EcoRZ - Sustainable Data Centres" deals with the energy- and resource-efficient integration of data centres in locations in Baden-Württemberg. Based on analyses of existing data centres and those in planning, work is being done on various topics:

  • Indicators and tools for a location decision for data center operators and sustainability indicators
  • Comparison of infrastructure and technologies for future-proof data centers
  • Scenario development based on a developed technology matrix in relation to the climate protection goals of the state
  • In an exemplary practical transfer, the application of the developed solution methods is tested and quantitatively evaluated with the help of concrete questions and scenarios
  • Success factors and obstacles to project transfer are identified in order to formulate recommendations for action


The competence center is working on work package 3 "Infrastructure and Technologies". Here, concepts for currently available and future data center infrastructures are systematically evaluated (heating, cooling, network backup systems, buildings, IT hardware, software and communication technology).

Targeted results

  • Overview of relevant technology developments in the area of infrastructure and IT of data centers
  • Presentation of the energy management aspects that must be taken into account for efficient data centre operation in the sense of the energy turnaround, as well as the measures in data centre operation in order to fulfil these
  • Compilation of the technologies that are expected to play an important role in the implementation of sustainable data centers due to their market maturity in the period of the scenario
ManagementProf. Dr. Wolfram Mollenkopf

University of Stuttgart (coordinator), University of Ulm, ZSW - Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ICT Facilities GmbH, Zweckverband Kommunale Informationsverarbeitung Baden-Franken, ÖkoMedia GmbH

Project e-mail address at the University of Stuttgart

Funding bodyMinistry of the Environment, Climate and Energy Baden-Württemberg
Call for tenderLivelihood Environment and its protection
Duration01.04.2018 – 31.03.2021


Name and position Field Email and phone Room
+49 711 8926 2768 3/122