eeNews Europe: Startup plans world’s largest data centre in Norway

By Nick Flaherty

A startup is planning to build one of the world’s largest data centre above the Arctic Circle in Norway to reduce the power requirements.

Kolos is aiming to build a centre that would require over 1000MW (1GW) of power at Ballangen in Norway. The energy would come from local low cost hydroelectric power and the four storey building would use local cold water for cooling to further reduce the power requirements.

The 600,000 sq m (6.46m sq ft) plant would initially require 70 MW of power, rising to 1GW as it fills up with servers. This would potentially make it the world’s largest data centre.

“In Northern Norway, we actually have Europe’s cheapest power, which is also 100% renewable,” said Håvard Lillebo, co-CEO of Kolos. “In addition, Ofoten and Ballangen have extremely good access to dark fibre, which is a prerequisite for running data centres.”

Facebook has a data centre about 400km (260 miles) away in Sweden that uses 120 MW of power.

Lillebo also points to the nearby University of Narvik as a source of 200 technical graduates a year for the site.

The company has raised Series A funding and has signed a lease for the site. It is now looking for the funding to build the centre.