Facebook expands Odense data centre campus
Facebook 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, 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 from three wind projects with a total output of 294 MW, which is supplemented by local hydro power sources.
LCL acquires ENGIE Solutions data centre in Gembloux
The data centre company LCL has announced today that it has acquired the ENGIE solutions data centre in Gembloux, Belgium through the acquisition of Cofely data solutions. The new facility, called Wallonia One, is the company’s first facility in Wallonia. As part of the agreement, LCL will take over the management of the facility’s employees as well as the data centre itself. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed.
LCL says that Wallonia One is its fifth data centre in the Belgian market and its second acquisition, after purchasing the Atos data centre in Huizingen in April last year. Laurens van Reijen, CEO of LCL, said: “With this fifth data centre, we are increasing our presence on the market. Gembloux is located in the heart of the Walloon economy. As a result, LCL Wallonia One offers excellent connection possibilities for the business sites and parks throughout Wallonia.
“Thanks to our other strategic sites located in the four corners of the Brussels and Antwerp peripheries, we can ensure that any company will have close links with other regions in our country”, van Reijen said.
Four employees under a fixed contract with Cofely Data Solutions will be joining the LCL team for the acquisition. Remaining part of the LCL Wallonia One, the employees will be under the leadership of their current manager, Nicolas Coppée, LCL said.
“We warmly welcome our four new colleagues and their support will be effectively integrated,” said Laurens van Reijen. “LCL is still strongly driven by service and quality. We intend not only to build synergies between our five data centres but also to introduce some innovations. Our current team of 37 employees is specialised in data centre services. So this is a win-win-win operation: for the customers of data centres, for ENGIE Solutions, and for LCL”.
Wallonia One’s “solar park”
LCL also says that the Wallonia One data centre features a solar park to provide power for the facility. The park includes 2,000 photovoltaic panels which generate 1MW of electricity, LCL claims. The centre also has a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.25, in line with the company’s sustainability and efficiency objectives.
Committed to making all of its data centres carbon-neutral by 2030, LCL has created the “Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact” across Europe, which consists of 24 companies and 17 associations.
In addition to Wallonia One, LCL and ENGIE Solutions have also concluded a collaboration agreement, thus enabling ENGIE Solutions to build new data centres for LCL. There are also plans for ENGIE Solutions to advise LCL on energy efficiency, given ENGIE’s experience in such projects.