The world’s biggest data center will be built inside the Arctic circle

1,000 MW

The world’s largest data center is going to be built in the Norwegian town of Bellangen, located inside the Arctic Circle, and will draw a record-breaking 1,000 megawatts of power.

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1,000 MW

The center will at first draw about 70 MW, but Kolos, the US-Norwegian company building the center, says it plans to add enough servers to draw more than 1,000 MW within the next decade.

1,000 MW

A big, single-site data center typically uses less than 200 MW of power.

1,000 MW

Amazon Web Services’ data division in Ashburn, Virginia also draws around 1,000 MW, but its servers are spread across the area rather than being in one place.

1,000 MW

Kolos says the Arctic location is ideal because the chilled air and local access to hydropower will keep energy costs down. The area also is well-connected because of the large amounts of fiber optic cable laid there in the past.

1,000 MW

Scandinavia is a popular location for data centers: Facebook has a center in Sweden and plans to open another in Denmark, where Apple already has one and plans to build another. Google has a massive data center in Finland.

1,000 MW

Kolos has raised “several million dollars” from Norwegian private investors to finance the project, and is working with a US investment bank to secure the remaining funds.

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