DC4Cities, a disruptive project according to the European Commission

The European project DC4Cities in which ten European partners take part has passed its first review satisfactorily. Based on the results obtained so far, national experts appointed by the European Commission (EC) in the ICT and energy field have qualified the project as “visionary”. In particular, they have stressed its disruptive character on the state of the art in account of this field, having indeed great mid-term impact for the European Cities of the future.


DC4Cities is nowadays in full implementation of the first phase trials, which are coordinated by the Catalan Consortium CSUC, and carried out in parallel in Barcelona, Trento and Milano. In this way, technology effectiveness is being evaluated on real cases as, for instance, the workload associated to massive video transcoding, the creation of large-volume reports or the indexation of mail repositories.

DC4Cities goal is to promote data centers’ role as a key player in energy policies. Such an initiative, which started in September 2013, expects data centers to optimize its energy use, to diminish its energy consumption and to reduce its emissions. Consequently, cities will also reduce its consumption impact. Thus, with projects such as DC4Cities, data centers are integrated in Smart Cities.

Data centers energy consumption is high. That is why both existing centers and those of new creation are looking for saving energy without having to modify the logistics, and without impacting the quality of the services provided to their users. The objective is to get 80 percent of renewable energy while minimizing the energy consumption of these centers.

DC4Cities will develop a wide span of technology components at different layers, being the Data Center Energy Controller the most important one. Two main interfaces are provided throughout this layer. On the one hand, the Renewable Energy Adaptive Interface, used to retrieve information on energy availability from energy providers and energy constraint directives from the Smart City authorities and the Smart Grid. On the other hand, the Energy Adaptive Data Center Operation Interface, used to enact power consumption plans on the data center’s subsystems.

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