Green Mountain is adding 4.5MW of capacity to its DC-2 facility campus in Norway, for an unnamed international customer.
The DC-2 site, at Rjukan, accommodates build-to-suit customers. Green Mountain is customizing and expanding an existing building on the site to add a further 300 sq m. Green Mountain describes the client as "a world-renowned brand who prefers to be anonymous."
The construction started immediately, and should be completed in September 2022.
DC-2 Telemark was begun in 2018, and has already been expanded when Volkswagen took 2.75MW of capacity there. The new expansion will be used for high-performance computing (HPC) and powered by renewable hydroelectricity. On the basis of the new project, Green Mountain will take on seven new field engineers.
“We are very excited to have this new client on-board with Green Mountain. The client will use the facility for high-performance computing, something that this site is very well suited for. DC2-Telemark is in the middle of a valley that produces 5 percent of the country’s electricity. And it is all based on 100 percent renewable hydropower,” commented CEO of Green Mountain, Tor Kristian Gyland.
As well as being close to hydroelectric power plants, DC-2 is next door to the site of a new indoor trout farm, due to open in 2023, which will use excess heat from the Green Mountain campus to raise young fish.
Pipes will circulate water heated in the data center campus to a new trout farm being built by Hima Seafood 800m away from DC-2. After giving up its heat to the farm, the cold water will be returned to DC-2.
“We see that DC2-Telemark is becoming an attractive alternative for international corporations looking for sustainable, scalable, and cost-efficient solutions. We expect significant growth at this site in the coming months. Having an established HPC ecosystem enables us to retain and build knowledge to support our clients’ need of world-class smart-hands services at site,” said Green Mountain CSO Svein Atle Hagaseth.
Green Mountain has a long association with fish farming, which is a major industry for Norway. Waste heat from the company's flagship data center DC-1 Stavanger, in a former NATO arms store above a fjord, is used to warm an experimental land-based lobster farm.