Thursday, October 7, 2010

Eco-friendly data centre to be built in Northern Finland

CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. is to establish one of the world’s most eco-efficient data centers in the Renforsin Ranta business park in Kajaani, Finland on the site of the former paper mill of UPM in northern Finland.

”Our aim is to create one of the world’s most eco-efficient data centers, to be operated using locally produced energy and with a minimal carbon footprint. All the alternatives we have considered contain a binding offer on energy from the business park’s own network. This will bring significant cost benefits in electricity transfer costs”, says Kimmo Koski, Managing Director of CSC.

The computer data center requires a lot of electricity, which is generated by hydroelectric power plants in Kajaani. The cooling water required comes from the nearby river.

Finland’s location is excellent for large and cost-effective IT data centers. Well-functioning data traffic, cool climate, industrial facilities, solid bedrock, and waterways create a competitive edge for building sustainable and ecologically-friendly computer facilities.

Canada shares many similarities with Finland including a developed forestry and pulp and paper industry and many unused or underutilized paper mills and of course a northerly climate. Those in the forestry industry in Canada looking for innovative projects to utilize their existing facilities would be wise to follow Finland's example.

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