Norway to build world's largest data center in the Arctic Circle
Modern data centers consume a lot of energy, a lot of information is stored, make complex calculations and, of course, require a very powerful cooling system to maintain stable operation of systems. In this regard, it looks logical decision to install computers in cold ends. It reasoned and Kolos company that plans to build the world's largest center for storing and processing data in the north of Norway.
The cold climate of these places will create a highly effective cooling system, and a lot of renewable energy sources in this area will make it possible to solve the energy problem. Representatives of the company Kolos report that all of the energy required for the functioning of an information data center, will be produced by wind and situated in the nearby river hydropower plants. Experts estimate that the construction will require about 1,000 megawatts of power per month, but the cold Arctic climate will reduce this figure by 60%. Designers Kolos together with architects Norwegian firm HDR developed a preliminary design for the future structure. In the near future it is planned to approve the plan of the building, all the elements of the infrastructure, support facilities and to begin construction. According to preliminary calculations, this work will require the participation of about 3,000 workers, and will take several years to build.
It is worth noting that the use of "natural" methods of cooling is not a new invention. Some time ago, Microsoft had planned to create a similar "self-cooled" data center, lowering it under the cold water of the sea. However, the project failed. Norwegians have it all can turn, as the climate abroad Arctic Circle creates quite favorable conditions for construction. Location of the new data center is located on the shore of the lake near the city of Ballangen.