NX Filtration uses residual heat from datacenter for its new megafactory

Enschede, the Netherlands, 19 December 2023
First peer-to-peer heat exchange in the Netherlands
NX Filtration, the global provider of hollow fiber nanofiltration technology, has entered into an agreement with Previder (part of Odin Group), an IT solutions provider, to source residual heat from Previder’s adjacent datacenter for its new megafactory. This is the first peer-to-peer heat exchange between a datacenter and an external user in the Netherlands, that significantly reduces CO2 emissions of both parties.

NX Filtration is in the process of constructing a new megafactory for the production of its hollow fiber nanofiltration membranes in Hengelo, the Netherlands. NX Filtration’s nanofiltration membranes uniquely combine the effective removal of small contaminations, such as PFAS or pharmaceuticals, with strong sustainability benefits, as they significantly reduce energy consumption and avoid the use of pre-treatment chemicals. NX Filtration’s new megafactory is scheduled to start-up in the first half of 2024.

Through the agreement with Previder, NX Filtration replaces the traditional primary source for its heat requirements, being high yield heat pumps and natural gas, with residual heat from the datacenter. A new 300 meter long underground pipeline will transport the residual heat from the datacenter to NX Filtration, and at the same time brings back cold water from NX Filtration for the datacenter’s cooling requirements. As both parties run a 24/7 operation, this provides a stable and reliable source of heat and cooling, avoiding a significant amount of CO2 emissions.

Jeroen Pynenburg, CEO at NX Filtration comments:

“Just as our hollow fiber nanofiltration technology addresses key sustainability needs of our customers, we are also continuously seeking to reduce the environmental footprint of our own operations. This unique heat exchange agreement with Previder adds to a broader set of sustainability initiatives that we are implementing at our new factory, and enables us to avoid the usage of fossil fuels in our production processes.”

Tim Timmerman, COO at Odin Group adds:

“We are proud of this partnership with NX Filtration. Both of us share a commitment to sustainable business practices and makes a positive contribution to reduce our CO2 emissions. I'm glad that we have found common ground in these values and we can work on it together.”

This peer-to-peer heat exchange agreement complements a broader set of sustainability initiatives that NX Filtration is implementing with the construction of its new megafactory, that includes the installation of more than 400 rooftop solar panels, the use of high yield heat pumps, and an extensive heat recovery system that enables the reuse of heat from internal sources such as wastewater streams.


About Previder
Previder is one of the leading Dutch-based IT Managed Service Providers with own datacenters. Our two carrier-neutral TIER 3+ datacenters are perfectly located between the largest Internet Exchanges in the world: AMS-IX (Amsterdam) and DE-CIX (Frankfurt). Besides datacentre services, Previder offers a broad range of cloud, security and connectivity services with clients in the SME sector, housing corporations, healthcare and government. Previder is part of Odin Group, an IT company with 600 employees working in the Netherlands and Germany.


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