Facebook officials announced today that it plans to build a new, 300,000-square foot data center just 60 miles outside the Arctic Circle in Lulea, Sweden. The social networking giant scoured locations around Europe and chose the Northern locale for its low temperatures and access to renewable hydropower.
While the story conjures up images of Mark Zuckerberg in a parka, the move to put data centers in remote, often chilly, locations isn’t new. The need for cheap, renewable energy is just that strong.
So we decided to spotlight 5 other cool data centers we’ve seen around the web.
The Lefdal Mine
A steering committee in Norway is pursuing building a data center in this old mine, which is located not far from a cold fjord. It would be powered with wind and hydropower energy. Gives whole new meaning to the term working down in the mines.
Bahnof Data Center
Facebook will have company in Sweden. Beneath the city of Stockholm in the remnants of nuclear fallout shelter, sits this unique data center, which hosts tropical plants and greenhouses.
Google Hamina Data Center
In a year and a half Google turned this former paper mill in Finland. The center’s cooling system pipes in cold seawater from the Bay of Finland.
IBM’s Green Data Center
IBM partnered with Syracuse University to build what its says is one of the world’s greenest data centers. It uses its own micro turbines to power the center, which means it operates of the grid.
The Mountain Complex
Where better to build a massive data center than in the Ozarks in the good old U.S. of A. The Mountain Complex is built right into a mountain right in Branson, Missouri.