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Norwegian data centre cooled by fjord water

The recently operational e outside Stavanger in Norway is utilising the natural water supply for its cooling to reduce costs.

The data centre covers 21,500 sq m and comprises nine ‘mountain halls’ housing data servers, a workshop and an administration building.

The servers are powered by eight independent generators as well as three supply lines connected to the Norwegian grid. The motherboards are cooled using cold water from the nearby Rennesøy Fjord.

Also incorporated is a double closed-loop cooling system. Both systems are run in parallel to ensure high efficiency.

Facebook has chosen a similar cooling solution for its data centre expansion by building a server farm in the Arctic.

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