De Reus van Schimmert: from water tower to data center


  • Konstantinos Tzanakakis Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Madeleine Gibescu Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Ed Nijssen Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Nico Eurelings De Reus van Schimmert



Schimmert, Reus van Schimmert, data centre, waste heat, district heating system


The water tower of Schimmert was built in 1926 to cover the needs of water of Schimmert and the surrounding areas as well. This imposing 38 meters high tower dwarfs any nearby buildings, providing a 360° view of the surrounding area and deserves its pseudonym de Reus van Schimmert (the Giant of Schimmert). In the attempt to find a sustainable business model for the iconic building the concept of installing a data center in its core is investigated. The waste heat from the servers will be transferred to the reservoir on the top and from there used to power a district heating system in Schimmert.