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Echelon Data Centres and SSE Renewables to develop shared grid infrastructure

Echelon is teaming up with renewables developer SSE Renewables on an onshore substation that will connect the Irish operator’s upcoming Arklow data centre to Ireland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm.

Subject to planning approval, SSE Renewables will develop and construct the 220kV substation on behalf of both developers for shared use by Echelon’s 100MW DUB20 facility and Arklow Bank, SSE’s planned 520MW offshore wind farm.


Microsoft in talks over 20-acre expansion for Dublin data centre campus

According to reports, Microsoft is in discussion to purchase 20 acres of land to extend its data centre campus in Dublin.

Independent.ie, which revealed the talks, claimed the data centre would be built alongside a 120-percent office development in the Irish capital. 


SICS ICE: A playground for data centre research

In the far north of Sweden, scientists have built a facility to explore the future of data centres. “We have projects that are looking at innovative control of data centres…projects that would support zero touch data centres…we have started some projects that develop real life demonstrations of the reuse of heat for district heating.” Jon Summers, Scientific Lead at the ICE data centre lab at RISE, the Swedish research programme behind the facility, tells us about some of the innovative work being carried out there.


CTO Interview: Echelon’s Simon McCormick on the company’s sustainability drive

In September last year, data centre developer and owner Echelon Data Centres, a subsidiary of real-estate veteran Aldgate Developments, appointed Simon McCormick as CTO. McCormick, previously in the data centre leadership team at AECOM, joined the company in a period of rapid expansion.

The Irish-owned outfit currently has five locations in various stages of development, including three €500m facilities in Ireland and a £150m London Docklands facility, the company’s first outside of Ireland and the first to grace the data-centre heavy Docklands since the 1990s.


Irish politicians threatened over abandoned Apple data centre

Politicians who backed Apple’s plan to build an €850m data centre in Athenry, Ireland have received letters threatening their families if the now abandoned facility does not progress by Christmas.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Galway Council councillor Gabriel Connolly confirmed he, fellow councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn and other Irish MPs received a disturbing typewritten letter in the post, which reads:

“This is a message to you. The people of Athenry have waited long enough for Apple. They might have endless patience but I don’t.