Plans Unveiled for the World’s Largest Data Center in the Arctic Circle

Posted by Instor on Sep 12, 2017 3:08:00 AM

Think of a big data center. Then, think bigger. Keep going and you might get close to a planned 1,000 megawatt hyperscale data center set to be built in the Arctic Circle next year.


6.4 Million Square Foot Data Center to Open in 2018

US-Norwegian company Kolos has gained funding to build the world’s largest data center in the city of Ballengen in Norway. This arctic circle facility will take advantage of Norway’s “green energy, cool climate and large technical workforce.”

HDR, an engineering and design company, will be responsible for the development of the Kolos facility. Head Waters MB, a leading US investment firm, is helping the capital funding of the Kolos project. The facility will open in 2018.

Design and Scale

Due to the cool weather and clean energy resources, Northern Europe has attracted hyperscale data centers. Apple and Google already have data centers in Denmark and Finland respectively. Also, Facebook is planning a new facility in Denmark. However, the Kolos data center in Norway will overtake all those facilities in magnitude and scale.

Norway’s Ballengen city is located 225 km (140 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. The Kolos data center will occupy 600,000 square meters (6.4 million square feet) of pristine natural land. The site is a fjord surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers.

The design of the facility takes into account the surrounding environment. The buildings will be organized along a central spine to look like a moving glacier. All the buildings will have green roofs to blend in with the natural foliage. From an aerial view, the central spine and the organization of the structures will create an illusion of “collision of landforms.” The central spine will end like a copper protrusion into the sea to pay tribute to the copper mining history of the area.

Service Goals

The Kolos facility will take advantage of Norway’s abundant hydropower. Its objective is to be one of the greenest facility through the use of clean energy and Norway’s naturally cool climate. This hyperscale data center plans to serve beyond 1,000 megawatts of computing power for the global market.

Using high-performance fiber in neighboring Sweden, Kolos plans to serve high-speed traffic for Central Europe and the East Coast of the United States. The data center will also directly create 2,000-3,000 new jobs and support another 10,000-15,000 jobs in the surrounding area.


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