Europe is Beating Swords into Green Data Centers
Repurposing military facilities into green data centers appears to be a growing trend in Europe. We recently noted a Swiss data center built in an old military bunker and an Icelandic facility in a decommissioned NATO base. Now Sweden offers another variation on this theme: an underground data center with a Cold War pedigree.
The Pionen White Mountains data center in Sweden is built 30m underground in a what is described as a "Cold War nuclear bunker". The underground location in northern country allows natural cooling for much of the year. You can see spectacular photos published by ArchDaily and watch a video extolling Sweden as an ideal data center location: "The environmental benefits coupled with low electricity prices, stable political situation and no history of disruptive natural disasters have seen Sweden become a sought after location for data centres."
The Pionen data center has recently gained notoriety as a repository of WikiLeaks data.
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