Together with solid partners MIRIS will show the world new energy use from the computer tower at Bryne.

 

The 12 storeys technology center will supply a whole district with heat at Bryne, “as Norway’s smartest building”.

Behind the project are Time municipality and Jæren technology forum, together with strong players such as Nokia, Asplan Viak and Miris, the company behind the world’s most environmentally friendly hotel, which Snøhetta has designed by the Svartisen glacier.

– We don´t know of anyone that has built anything similar, was the message from Miris’s representatives, Svein H. Olavesen and Patrik Hagelin, when the concept feasibility study was presented at Bryne last Tuesday, first at a press conference, then before the municipal council.

Therefore, emphasis has also been placed on creating a building with resilient design.

It is planned on the property of Jæren Technology Forum, formerly Jærtek, between Bryne high school and Bryne stadium. The plot is vacant and is regulated for 12 storeys and 9000-10.000 square meters.

Asplan Viak has designed the building as part of the “Spark” concept, which will be a signal to the world about new design thinking. It will also be the closest neighbor to Bryne Football Club, and on one of the sketches, the north wall of the stadium has been removed so that the technology tower almost rises from the stadium.


The facade is covered by a special type of solar cells made in Denmark that reflects iridescent colors when hit by sunlight – as is the case with many insects.

– With 12 storeys it will be a part of the municipality’s high-rise strategy and become a focus point on arrival at the center, the study states.

– And instead of showing that data is something that is in a cloud, we want to show that data resides in the city, architect Peter Feltendal in Asplan Viak explained. An entire wall of data centers will, among other things, be visible in the entrance area.

 

Much more than a building

The solar cells will produce more electricity than the facilities will need. It will house a data center that requires a lot of energy, but most of the energy used will be routed as a heating source for the surrounding buildings and then return back to be used for cooling, all in one closed loop. The data center will be able to produce around two megawatts, which in turn will be hot. In the neighborhood alone, the new buildings planned, such as a new sports hall and swimming pool will need 12 megawatts.

– We must position ourselves for the jobs of the future, explained business manager Reidar Hebnes when the partners signed the concept study in January this year.

The project has progressed surprisingly fast, even for the big players. The head of business development got the opportunity to meet and co-operate during the Nordic Edge trade show in Stavanger last fall. Since then we have been in constant dialog, and Tuesday the feasibility study was finalized.

 

Success for foundation

– It confirms that realization on our site is extremely favorable. The idea is so spot-on that it will have great significance for all future urban development and energy management, Leiv Vårdal, general manager of Jæren technology forum says.

The foundation never had the intention of becoming a real estate developer. It was founded as Jærtek by 45 companies, eight municipalities and the county municipality to collaborate on new technology. Today they sit with a valuable plot of land and a purpose of sharing knowledge, now with “dream partners” on the team.

 

Dream Partners

For Miris AS «develops and realizes property with focus on sustainability, innovation and new technology in globally growing sectors.». And now they want to have a central ownership position in the project at Bryne. It can happen in the fall.

Miris, who will now focus on Bryne, has collaborated with Snøhetta on “Svart”, the world’s first Powerhouse hotel – at Svartisen in Nordland. It will also produce more energy than it uses.

Plompmozes/Snøhetta/MIRIS

The company is best known for the Svart Hotel, designed by Snøhetta, which will be like a ring in the sea under Svartisen in Nordland. The hotel will also produce more energy than it needs and have zero emissions. Construction start for “Svart” is probably approved in August / September this year.

 

Test lab for Nokia

Furthermore, Nokia will bring the most cutting edge technology available for the operation and development of data centers to Bryne – with a concept where the heat created is not wasted, but reused as heat energy.

Nokia still has patents on mobile phones. They have approximately 103,000 employees and sales in 2017 for EUR 23.15 billion.

The plan is for Nokia to deliver the technology and run the center, while Miris leads the development of the property in close cooperation with local business.

 

Construction?

But many pieces have yet to fall into place. Cost estimates have not been established. No tenants have signed. The office part of the building is halved, and one now looks at how the building can be used as a display center for new technology. This was where the robot adventure at Jæren started 50 years ago. Any support from Enova will also be important.

“We can´t say that it will be completed in two or three years, but we will now work hard on bringing in potential tenants who can occupy the building,” former Time Mayor and now chairman of the board of the foundation, Arnfinn Vigrestad says.

In Miris’ own prospectus, the goal is for the building to be completed in the second quarter of 2021.

– And if it does, the whole world will come to Bryne to see what we have done, Patrik Hagelin, director of business development at Miris says.

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