Oct 16, 2020

Facebook expands Odense data centre campus

Data Centres
Sustainability
Renewable Energy
hyperscale
Harry Menear
2 min
Image courtesy of Facebook
The $1.5bn, 30,000 square metre expansion will increase the capacity of the Danish data centre and provide heating to 11,000 local homes...

Facebook has announced that it is embarking on a sizable expansion project at its hyperscale data centre in Odense, Denmark. The 50,000 square metre facility is being built out with almost 30,000 square metres of additional floor space. 

The project, Facebook has confirmed, will cost an estimated $1.5bn and will employ up to 900 construction workers at its peak. 

As part of Facebook’s sustainability goals, the project will also result in more than 160,000 MWh of recycled energy, which will be captured and used to heat 11,000 homes in the local area. Facebook has contracted local heating company Fjernvarme Fyn to oversee the expansion of the Odense data centre’s heat recycling capacity. 

The Danish firm was part of the first phase of the Odense data centre’s construction, and outfitted its heating system to support 6,900 local homes as of July this year. The system uses the water that circulates through the data centre via insulated steel pipes that pass the water across copper coils for heat exchange. 

The Odense facility received LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency in April of this year and is part of Facebook’s goal to support 100% of its operations with renewable energy by the end of 2020. 

The company has dramatically expanded its global data centre infrastructure over the past year, announcing its first data centre in APAC, a $1bn, 170,000 square metre facility in Singapore in September. The hyperscale data centre is expected to come online in 2022. The company also announced the construction of a new hyperscale facility near Chicago in July with an estimated construction budget of $800mn. Rumours also surfaced earlier this year that the social media giant is beginning construction of the Netherlands' biggest data centre in the rural community of Zeewolde.

In the Nordics, Facebook also operates a $1bn hyperscale campus in Luleå, Sweden. Both its Swedish and Danish campuses are supplied with 100% renewable energy from three wind projects with a total output of 294 MW, which is supplemented by local hydro power sources. 

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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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