Recycling Energy

Recycling Energy

Amazon's newest buildings in the Denny Triangle area of Seattle will be heated using an innovative approach to sustainability—recycling energy from a nearby data center. This "district energy" system works by capturing heat generated at a non-Amazon data center in the neighboring Westin Building and recycling that heat through underground water pipes instead of venting it into the atmosphere. This unique approach is nearly four times more efficient than traditional heating methods and will also enable the Westin Building data center to cut back on the energy it uses to cool its building.

The district energy system came about from a collaboration among Amazon, Clise Properties, McKinstry and the City of Seattle. Through it, Amazon will be able to heat 3 million square feet of office space. This ability to recycle energy from a neighbor is another big benefit of having an urban campus in the heart of Seattle.

Learn about our other energy and environment initiatives here.

Highlights

Amazon's newest buildings in the heart of Seattle will be heated through recycled heat—an innovation made possible by having an urban campus.

This "district energy" system works by capturing heat generated at a neighboring non-Amazon data center and recycling that heat through underground water pipes instead of venting it into the atmosphere.

The district energy system came about from a collaboration among Amazon, Clise Properties, McKinstry and the City of Seattle. Through it, Amazon will be able to heat 3 million square feet of office space.

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