Facebook building Danish data centre
Fri 20 Jan 2017
Facebook has announced plans to build a data center in Denmark. This facility will be the company’s third data center located outside of the United States.
Plans were unveiled at a local press conference near the data center’s eventual site in Odense, Denmark.
The Facebook data center campus in Odense is expected to be operational in 2020, and will be comprised of at least two buildings solely devoted to data space, with separate facilities for administration and logistics. The cost for the project is expected to exceed $100 million USD, and should provide at least 150 permanent full-time jobs once complete.
Facebook plans for the new data center to be a design leader for green data facilities, powered by 100% renewable energy and taking advantage of Denmark’s naturally chilly climate to keep cooling requirements to a minimum.
Niall McEntegart, director of data center operations for Facebook, said, “The Odense data center will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers in the world.”
Lars Lilleholt, Danish Energy Minister, noted that Facebook’s decision to choose Denmark as the location of their third data center was a reflection of the country’s focus on green energy, excellent infrastructure, and energy pricing.
“We have one of the world’s greatest energy systems with large quantities of green energy, high security of supply, good fiber connections and competitive power prices,’ Lilleholt said in a statement.
Facebook purchased the plot of land for the data center, measuring 0.5 km, on the outskirts of Odense last October, but did not announce their plans for the land until now.
Facebook also owns and operates international data centers in Clonee, Ireland and Lulea, Sweden. Last year, when the Clonee data center was announced, it was meant to be one of the “most advanced and energy efficient data centers in the world.” The design incorporated server and network designs developed through the Open Compute project and it, like the Odense data center campus, was designed to run on 100% renewable energy. The Lulea center was also built based on Open Compute efficient designs and is known as the frozen center, or the ‘Node Pole.’