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Iceland to Build World’s First Zero-Carbon Data Center
Posted By Diane Pham On September 27, 2011 @ 7:11 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green Technology,Innovation,News,Renewable Energy | 1 Comment
Iceland’s ailing economy isn’t going to keep it from making environmental strides – the city of Keflavik will soon be receiving 37 prefabricated components in order to complete the world’s first zero-carbon data center. The project, commissioned by UK start-up Verne Global  (a data hosting company), will comprise 5,400 sq ft and will be powered completely by geothermal and hydroelectric power.
The facility will be constructed by Colt , a telecoms and IT group, and it will be composed of glass and steel climate-controlled boxes that will be assembled inside a shell building. The building will run solely on geothermal and hydroelectric power – like many other structures in Iceland – ensuring zero-carbon operations. The Icelandic air will also help reduce the data center ‘s energy use by cooling the servers prevent overheating. Because all of the center’s parts will be prefabricated , the building is expected to be completed in just 4 – compare that with the average 2 year design/build process of a data center.
The project was commissioned by the UK start-up Verne Global – a data hosting company that plans to use Iceland’s cheap power to undercut rival companies. The new data center will be connected to both the US and Europe via multiple high-speed cables. The carbon-neutral center sets a great precedent and shows how sustainable building techniques can positively impact a firm’s bottom line.
Colt initially created the prefab components for its own use, but it started offering to build modular data centers last year when a number of their clients began to express interest in the rapid, low-impact design. So far they have about 10 clients who have commissioned facilities co-located with the company’s own centers.
Via The Guardian 
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URLs in this post:
 Verne Global: http://www.verneglobal.com/
 geothermal : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_electricity
 hydroelectric : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydro_power
 Colt: http://www.colt.net/
 data center: http://inhabitat.com/yahoo-opens-new-energy-efficient-data-center/
 prefabricated: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-housing/
 The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/sep/26/worlds-first-zero-carbon-data-centre?newsfeed=true
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