- On 14 July 2021, the EU adopted a series of legislative proposals with the target to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The proposal has included several new provisions that are directed at data center operators, server manufacturers and local authorities to promote waste heat recovery. We consider the new legislation as a potential game changer for Asetek’s Datacenter. Our mid-point DCF valuation at NOK 160 but a Bull case on Datacenter points to a fair value of NOK 235.
A paradigm shift to create huge market tailwinds for Asetek’s DTC liquid cooling technology
In the new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the EU has adopted several proposals to promote reusing waste heat from data centers. A quote from the EED: “All the district heating and cooling systems should aim for improved ability to interact with other parts of the energy system in order to optimise the use of energy and prevent energy waste by using the full potential of buildings to store heat or cold, including the excess heat from service facilities and nearby data centers.”
Asetek’s direct-to-chip (DTC) liquid cooling is one of few technologies that is able to achieve waste heat recovery and energy efficiency for data centers. We believe the new provisions will trigger a paradigm shift in the European data center industry and therefore provide significant sales growth opportunities to Asetek.