Science & Society Forum: Growing ICT sector and more and more data centres – How is this impacting our electricity supply?

The ICT sector is growing with the rapidly increasing use of internet-related services. Data centers are a prime example. Good infrastructure, a cold climate and access to expertise is attracting more and more actors to establish their facilities in Sweden. Can we handle the electricity supply for data centers and other parts of the ICT sector?
Thursday, 5 November, 2020 17:30 - 19:30 CET

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Thursday, 5 November, 2020 17:30 - 19:30 GTM+ 1

The ICT sector, which includes the internet (through cables or wireless), consumer electronics, data centers and online machines, is expanding rapidly. This is increasing the pressure on our energy supply – particularly the growing number of data centers. We need a combination of new energy-efficient technology and an expanded grid to meet the demand in all parts of the country.

  • How much energy does today’s ICT sector use? What will it look like a decade from now?
  • What does energy use look like in different parts of the sector? How can technical development impact future demand?
  • What is happening on the research front in this area?


Opening remarks, Tuula Teeri, President IVA

1. Overview, current situation and forecasts. 
George Kamiya, International Energy Agency, Anders Andrae, Huawei Technologies and Jens Malmodin, Ericsson Research.

2. Data centers in Sweden – current situation, competition and outlook.
Hilda Stenberg and Andreas Bjärlestam, both from SVT Play. Maria Sundvall, Managing Director Equinix Sverige and Tomas Sokolnicki, Business Sweden.

3. A Brief Look into Possible Developments in Electronice & Photonics for Data Centers and General Applications.
LarsThylén, Professor emeritus, Photonics and Microwave Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology

Moderator: Birgitta Resvik, IVA Fellow, Electrical Engineering division.

The seminar is in English.

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