Construction begins on waterless data centre campus in Aurora

Edged Energy, a subsidiary of Endeavour, has marked a significant milestone with the start of construction on a state-of-the-art, high-efficiency data centre in the Chicago-area city of Aurora. Located on 65 acres at the southwest corner of Bilter Road and Eola Road, the new multi-building campus is designed with waterless cooling and energy-efficient systems that could enable a 1.15 Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

The new data center campus, known as Aurora Tech Park, will be constructed in three phases, with the first building scheduled for completion in June 2024.

“As we break ground for the new Aurora Tech Park, we are amplifying Aurora’s commitment to technology and innovation,” said Aurora Mayor, Richard Irvin. “Thank you to our partners at Seefried Properties, Edged Energy, and ComEd for your investment in Aurora.”

According to Edged Energy, the Edged platform is optimised for both energy and water efficiency. Unlike traditional data centres which put significant pressure on the power grid and consume nearly 136 billion gallons of water each year in the U.S. alone, Edged Chicago-Aurora is reported to include ultra-efficient waterless cooling technology that can handle high density loads (up to 50 kW/rack in air-cooled configurations and greater densities with liquid cooling plug-in components) yet consumes no water. The campus will also offer electric vehicle charging onsite.

“Edged is proud to work with our partners in the Aurora community to bring a new era of sustainable infrastructure and world-class connectivity to the region” said Frank Scandariato, director of platform delivery at Edged Energy. “With the groundbreaking of Edged Chicago-Aurora, we can help the fast-growing digital economy meet increasing demand while also addressing climate change head-on.”

Edged Chicago-Aurora will join a growing network of more than a dozen Edged data centres in construction worldwide this year. These new centres are part of the company’s ongoing commitment to innovation, sustainability and world-class performance.

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