A new wind-powered Google data center has been officially inaugurated in Eemshaven. The company has spent two years to build the 600 million dollar data center.
The google data center will be used for cloud services such as Gmail, Google+, Maps, and YouTube.
It’s Google’s first data center that runs entirely on renewable energy directly from the day of first use. All necessary energy is taken from a wind farm in nearby Delfzijl. The company will also reduce green power from wind farm Krammer in Zeeland. That is an initiative of 4,000 individuals.
Proper local infrastructure
Google opted for Eemshaven because of the quality of local infrastructure. There was a large plot of land, an electricity network with high capacity and there is also water available for cooling. Moreover, a fast fiber is already present there. According to Google, almost 9,000 people worked on the design and construction. It is laid for 16,000 kilometers of cables. The data center will employ 200 people in various positions.
On Tuesday, the company also announced that it is on schedule to all of its data centers and offices sustainable worldwide.
Starting from 2017, the internet giant will only take off renewable energy. The bulk of which is wind power. According to the company, the cost of the wind and solar energy by 60 and 80 percent respectively in the past six years.