Google Data Center Goes Green In Ireland

Ireland is famous for its greenery, but with the Dublin’s boom years slowing amid Europe’s sluggish economy, the nation’s capital is no doubt dancing a jig over an infusion of green from Google, which will be investing up to 75 million Euros ($102 million USD) to build a super-efficient data center in Profile Park.

Richard Bruton, TD, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, recently announced that Google has acquired 11 acres of land and an existing building in the park and will soon begin construction on this new data center, which will power such ubiquitous online services as the Google search engine, Gmail and Google Maps.

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Using an advanced air-cooling technology developed at Google’s existing, rented datacenter facility in Dublin, this new data center is expected to rank among the most efficient such facilities in the world. Its technology takes advantage of Ireland’s naturally cool climate, putting outside air to work in cooling hot computers, eliminating those costly (and energy-hungry) AC units typically associated with data centers.

Once operational, the center will employ up to 30 people, including computer technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, and catering and security staff, and will operate alongside Google’s existing rented datacenter facility in Dublin. Google already employs over 2,000 people in the nation’s capital, and last year purchased three major office buildings in central Dublin, including the city’s tallest commercial office building, Montevetro.

Minister Bruton, long a proponent of cloud computing as an economic opportunity for Ireland, said, in a statement, “the decision by Google, one of the most important multinational companies in Ireland, to locate a state-of-the-art data centre [sic] in Dublin is an endorsement of our policies in this area, and a sign of what is possible if we continue our focus.”

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.