by Angela Guess
A recent press release states, “Being the most cost effective, secure, flexible, and green datacenter in Europe – that is the vision of Lefdal Mine Datacenter (LMD) in Norway. Opened on 10th May 2017, the datacenter has completed the build out of Phase 1, and a cooling capacity of 45 MW is ready for use. The mountain hall facility sets a new standard for the datacenter industry. The large space, combined with modular design enables a fast time to market. The combination of cheap and renewable power leads to predictable low cost for customers. As strategic partner and technology partner, Rittal provides its preconfigured, modular and scalable infrastructure for this unprecedented datacenter project. Lefdal Mine Datacenter (LMD) – one of Europe’s most efficient, greenest and most secure datacenter – has opened in a grand opening ceremony with representatives from politics and business on May 10th 2017.”
The release continues, “Located on the west coast of Norway, the 120,000 square meter big datacenter operates exclusively on renewable energy. In addition to this, it is cooled by water from the nearby fjord. The energy costs are correspondingly low and the system achieves a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) below 1.15. At the same time the flexibility at LMD is unique, in terms of available space and different technical solutions. The large space and capacity, 16 meters roof height in the mountain halls and the related logistics allows different cost effective scalable solutions. LMD has a potential of 120.000 m² of net whitespace and 200+ MW IT capacity, delivered in container solutions or traditional white space. This enables customers to get a ‘pay as you grow’ model, with no risk of paying for capacity not needed.”
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Photo credit: Lefdal Mine Datacenter