Google will invest €600m to establish its next European data centre near the town of Fredericia in western Denmark.
The new facility will be Google’s first data centre in Denmark and fifth in Europe after Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium.
In a blog post, Google global vice-president of data centres Joe Kava said that the Alphabet subsidiary has chosen Denmark to build its data centre as it offers high-quality digital infrastructure and supports renewable energy production.
The company said that it is investing in new data centres to support the expansion into the cloud infrastructure that powers its products.
Google said that it has found a great business community and a location with existing infrastructure in Fredericia that meets the requirements for an efficient, modern data centre.
The tech giant stated that the new data centre in Fredericia will use 100% carbon-free energy and as part of this commitment, it is pursuing new investment opportunities (Power Purchase Agreements) in Danish renewable energy projects such as onshore wind, offshore wind and solar energy.
Kava said that the even though Google data centres in Europe use one-third less energy than a typical data centre, the company is still making efforts to use even less energy.
The Fredericia data centre is expected to be one of the most energy-efficient data centres in Denmark, and the company intends to use advanced machine learning to make sure every watt of electricity counts.
According to consultancy firm Copenhagen Economics (CE), the Fredericia data centre construction will support 1,450 jobs per year during 2018-2021.
Once operational, the facility is expected to employ 150 to 250 people in various roles. Increase in economic activity in the area is also expected to create jobs in sectors such as retail trade, hotels and transportation.
The company has been supporting the communities that surround its facilities, and has invested €3.4m in grants in the last few years as part of initiatives that build the local skills base.
Construction on the Fredericia data centre is expected to run through 2021.
Image: Google breaks ground on €600m data centre in Denmark. Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Jensen on Unsplash.