Mine in Western Norway turns into a green datacenter

Måløy (NTB): The development of a green data center in Lefdal mine in Sogn and Fjordane has begun. If everything goes according to plan, the center is in operation within a year.

The construction start was marked in Oslo on Tuesday. Several international companies are already on the customer list to Lefdal Mine Data center, among them IT giant IBM and German Friedhelm Loh Group.

This may be Europe’s larges, safest, greenest and most cost effective data center, says Marketing Director Mads Andersson in Lefdal Mine Data center to NTB.

Bellona President Fredric Hauge says in a statement that the development is “Happy news”. There is a huge environmental benefit in that German industry companies move their data volumes from an energy market dominated by coal, over to the clean renewable energy existing in Norway say Hauge.

Some people mean the green data centers can become the new Norwegian export industry according to NTB. The reason for this is a large surplus of renewable energy, low electricity prices, and a relatively cold climate, which facilitates cooling of data servers.  (© NTB)

Source: http://www.fvn.no/nyheter/innenriks/innenriks_ntb/Gruve-pa-Vestlandet-blir-gront-datasenter-2875379.html