atNorth continues to expand its global data centre portfolio

With atNorth building its first data centre in Denmark, the company is exercising plans to expand further into Europe & offer sustainable infrastructure

Data centre services company atNorth is expanding into Denmark, with a new data centre campus just outside of Copenhagen.

The company has announced plans for a new campus, known as DEN01, in Ballerup, Greater Copenhagen. It will be the company’s ninth data centre in total, with the first phase expected to go live towards the end of 2024 following a 12 month build.

This marks another 2023 expansion from atNorth, following the opening of its new and third data centre site in Iceland, ICE03, with expansion possibilities of up to 50MW. They mark a milestone in atNorth’s goal to meet increasing demand within the sector when cost-efficient sustainable infrastructure is in demand.

Connecting the company to mainland Europe

AtNorth is a pan-Nordic data centre provider specialising in colocation and high-performance computing (HPC). The company currently has six data centres across Sweden, Iceland and Finland, with another Finnish site currently under construction. 

The company also recently acquired Swedish high-performance computing (HPC) services provider Gompute, taking over a data centre in Gothenburg with a capacity potential of 10MW.

Starting up the company in Iceland, atNorth has since expanded into both Sweden and Finland and aims to soon be present in all Nordic nations, with the goal of being a pan-Nordic data centre company offering world leading conditions for data and operations.

As a result, the sustainable, climate-led approach of data centre providers like atNorth will prove critical in achieving these targets. As sustainability is not always considered when building data centres, companies like atNorth are starting to find more sustainable solutions to process data in order to limit environmental impact.

The new data centre will see the benefits of Denmark's cool climate, as well as its connection to mainland Europe. The company has also said that the site will be Tier III-quality and be ISO27001 and ISO14001 compliant. 

As the facility is located near waste and energy company Vestforbraending’s district heating network, which will be able to utilise waste heat from the data centre. Vestforbrænding supplies district heating to the equivalent of 70,000 households.

The site will be able to use the data centre’s heat recycling technology, which could potentially supply heat to thousands of Ballerup citizens.

“Our data centre locations are very carefully selected in order to adhere to our stringent requirements for scalability and energy efficiency,” says company CEO, Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson.

“We are delighted to invest in Denmark’s data centre market and expand our facilities into the country at a time when the demand for high performance digital infrastructure is continually increasing.”

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