Feb 23, 2021

DigiPlex is building a 110,000 sqm campus near Copenhagen

Data Centres
construction
Sustainability
Nordics
Harry Menear
2 min
The campus will comprise five data centres powered by renewable energy, and use waste heat to warm nearby homes
The campus will comprise five data centres powered by renewable energy, and use waste heat to warm nearby homes...

Leading Nordic data centre operator DigiPlex has announced a major expansion of its Danish operations. The company announced plans on Monday to construct a hyperscale data centre campus in Høje-Taastrup, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. 

DigiPlex has acquired a 110,000 square metre plot of land near the city, with plans to build five new data centres on the site. 

Although the company has declined to share any details as to when the campus will become operational, it claims to have secured enough 100% renewable energy to support the site’s first phase, and that it has the option to increase its power purchase agreement to as much as 100 MW as demand increases and the facility grows in response. 

“We are seeing huge interest in sustainable data centre development in the Nordic region and continue to invest to capitalise on this trend. The acquisition of this major plot, plus the Norwegian land acquisition we announced last month, further strengthens DigiPlex ability to rapidly meet the need for data centre capacity from hyperscalers as well as local and international businesses requiring ultra-sustainable, cost effective colocation facilities,” said Wiljar Nesse, CEO of DigiPlex. 

He added that, in addition to closing the necessary power agreements, DigiPlex has received approval for its access to the local water table, and its buildings have cleared regulatory channels. 

The campus is ready to begin construction and DigiPlex is reportedly in conversation with a number of international customers who plan to colocate in the available space. 

In order to further reduce the site’s impact on local water usage, DigiPlex is building a lake nearby to collect rainwater which will then be used to help cool the campus’ data centres. The lake will also provide the nearby area with a stormwater basin to protect the local community from flooding. 

The campus is also expected to benefit the local community in other ways. Plans are currently in place to connect the campus with the local residential area, in order to pipe waste heat underground to heat surrounding homes. 

“We are very happy to welcome DigiPlex to Høje-Taastrup. Their data centre campus will not only bring jobs, but also add value to the municipality. DigiPlex… will create development and invest in our local infrastructure and ecosystem,” commented the Mayor of Høje-Taastrup, Michael Ziegler.

DigiPlex currently operates seven data centres across the Nordics. 

Currently, the company is constructing an additional data centre, and recently bought a large parcel of land outside Oslo for the construction of a new campus with the potential to reach 160,000 square metres in size, powered by 200 MW of renewable energy.  

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Jun 22, 2021

NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus

BDx
datacentres
COVID-19
Infrastructure
2 min
Big Data Exchange (BDx) launches the first phase of its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of NKG1.

Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base. 

Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year. 

"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China. 

"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added. 

What does the NKG1 data centre include?

According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.

During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said. 

The launch of NKG2

Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.

 

 

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