Bulk Data Centers unveils Nordic expansion to 1 GW

The company said the investments were aimed at ensuring the long-term availability of electricity and land, providing highly connected and scalable sites.

Executive Vice President Gisle Eckhoff (pictured) said: “We are experiencing growing demand for our data center capacity in the Nordics, and our continued expansion will provide customers with durable, reliable and highly connected facilities.

Rob Elder, vice president of data centers at the company, said the plans came at a time when “Europe is in the midst of an energy crisis that encompasses prices, power security and ‘scalability’.

Eckhoff said: “Although our data centers are powered by renewable energy, we still have a responsibility to ensure that energy is used as efficiently as possible, including solutions for reusing heat from heating systems. cooling. At NO1, we have established a circular economy campus, where heat will be reused to heat greenhouses for vegetables and plants as well as to dry firewood. Our customers care about the environment and appreciate that Bulk be ahead in the field of sustainable data center operations.”

Elder said, “Growth in digitalization often appears at odds in the current climate, both to reduce demand on the network and to reduce data center carbon emissions. Customers can’t wait years and with these projects we continue to demonstrate how Bulk is leading the way by investing in sustainable solutions, which provide customers with highly connected, scalable options at far lower costs to Europe and with a almost unlimited scale.

Bulk said its on-site substation – providing 125 MVA of dual connections to the adjacent Kristiansand substation – is supplied by “large-scale hydroelectric plants nearby”.

This “gives customers immediate access to 100MW of electricity, ensuring a resilient, low-carbon power source, with significant opportunities for future scale,” Bulk said.

The power upgrade is the first part of a larger program that will eventually see the NO1 campus connect to 1 GW of power for data center customers.

Construction of a second on-campus data center has begun, providing an additional 10 MW of computing capacity. Later this year, an additional 160,000 square meters of graded land will be completed on the site, in preparation for a 40 MW data center due to be built next year.

Ramon J. Espinoza