A Zero Emissions Data Center For Iceland

From geothermal power to electric vehicles, Iceland is pretty serious about going green. Now it will be home to the what is believed will be the world’s first 100 percent renewable energy powered data center.

This data center, manufactured by Colt Modular Data Centres of the United Kingdom for Verne Global, will include 37 modules capable of storing  500m2 of information slated for shipment to Keflavik, Iceland in October. Gigaom reports that the facility will be powered entirely by geothermal and hydroelectric power, and will be fully operational within four months.

Colt_Verne Global Data Center

image via Colt

The center is the result of a partnership between the two companies: Colt built and will assemble the containers and foundation infrastructure–power supplies and cabling; HVAC; security and monitoring systems; lighting and flooring for the facility, while Verne will supply the computing resources and fiberoptics. The facility was designed to take advantage of Iceland’s chilly climate with free cooling 365 days a year.

More information on the project will be available on the Colt/Verne Global Data Center website.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.