SIMEC Atlantis plans to build ocean powered data centre in UK

WCN Editorial Team 10 Sep 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

SIMEC Atlantis Energy (Atlantis), the developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy projects, is planning to build what it claims to be the world’s first and largest data centre powered by ocean energy in Scotland.

Planned to be built in the Caithness region of Scotland, the new tidal-powered data centre will receive electricity, which will be supplied via a private wire network from tidal turbines at the existing MeyGen project site.

SIMEC said that the new ocean powered data centre is expected to be connected to multiple international subsea fibre optic cables in a bid to offer a fast and reliable connection to London, Europe and the US.

The data centre will be further connected to the central belt using domestic terrestrial networks to significantly improve Scottish data and connectivity resilience.

SIMEC Atlantis CEO Tim Cornelius said: “Data is being touted as the new oil. It is arguably becoming the world’s most valuable resource, and the amount of data requiring storage is increasing at a staggering pace.

"However, data centres are undeniably power hungry, and the clients of data centre operators are rightly demanding power be sourced from renewable and sustainable sources.

“This exciting project represents the marriage of a world leading renewable energy project in MeyGen with a data centre operator that seeks to provide its clients with a large amount of computing power, powered from a sustainable and reliable source – the ocean.

“At MeyGen we have many of the ingredients to provide clean power to the data centre, including a large grid connection agreement, proximity to international fibre optic connections and persistent cool weather.

“We also believe that Scotland can play a key role in the global data centre industry thanks to its ready access to clean energy and we are eager to play our part at Atlantis to turn this potential into reality.”

Planned to be commissioned 2024, the data centre is expected to ease constraints on other local renewable energy development.

Image: The new data centre is planned to be commissioned in 2024 in UK. Photo: courtesy of Akela999 from Pixabay.

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