New Leaf site provides hot showers to over 250 households

By: Guy Pathak - August 2, 2022 ~ 3 min read

Leafcloud team outside
Leafcloud team outside

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – August 2022 – 

We’re very happy to announce that our latest Leaf site is up and running. This means we’ll provide residual server heat to more than 250 additional households in Amsterdam, bringing our total to over 9000 500 households! Time to turn data processing from a liability into an asset in the energy transition. 

Server rack and connection to water tanks in new Leaf site
Server rack funnels heat to water tanks at the new Leaf site

The adoption of Leafcloud grows in tandem with the awareness that a better way is possible. While cities struggle with space, zoning, and power grids at or over capacity, our truly green cloud shows that as a society, we can move beyond the outdated data center model and turn data processing from a liability into an asset in the energy transition. 

Green Leaf sites cut natural gas use

Our Leaf site model reduces natural gas use at our locations, reducing their carbon footprint by approximately 22 tonnes annually, and because we use green energy and don’t use air conditioning to cool servers, reduce an additional 40 tonnes of CO2 annually when compared to running the same server capacity in a gray data center.

“Thanks to our team and partners for getting this done. Growing our IT capacity and reducing our footprint at the same time, who else can say that?!”

David Kohnstamm, Hardware Lead & Chief Sustainability Officer at Leafcloud

Looking ahead, we plan to open three more Leaf sites before the end of 2023. This will quintuple the number of emissions saved by our cloud users compared to last year. 

Diagram displaying the path heat takes to and from the boiler inside a Leaf site
Diagram displaying the path heat takes to and from the boiler
Water temperature at a Leaf site rises and falls, as residual heat is funneled to the boiler and then used by residents.
Water temperature rises and falls, as residual heat is funneled to the boiler and then used by residents.

An open, European, and above all, sustainable cloud

Companies of all sizes are feeling the pressure to adopt European standards relating to sustainability, privacy, and data protection. Besides discovering the pitfalls of being locked into the services of global behemoths. Recent surveys by BIT and Civo show that a third of businesses feel locked into major cloud providers, while more than a third of IT decision-makers want to switch to a European cloud platform.

Leafcloud is here to answer the call for an open, European, and above all, sustainable cloud. No greenwashing, or clever marketing gimmicks, but actual savings in emissions across the board right now, while keeping data safely stored in the Netherlands.  

Find out more about Leafcloud and our truly green cloud services at leaf.cloud