LMS Energy has filed permission to install six modular data centres at its Biogas facility outside Melbourne in Wyndham, Australia. The Australian energy firm filed for permission to allow a modularised data centre ancillary to an existing renewable energy facility.
The company has operated the Wyndham Renewable Energy Facility in Victoria since 2011. The facility, which has five generator modules powered with biogas generated from nearby landfills, outputs more than 43,000 MWh of energy per year into the local Powercor distribution network. The company is proposing to install and operate six data centre modules to be powered by the renewable electricity generated on-site. The cost would be an estimated $3 million.
This would be the first bio-energy powered data centre in Australia, Phase 1 of development would see two modules installed in 2021 while phase 2 would add four more 12 metre long modules. The facility would operate automatically without any on-site staff aside from periodic visits from maintenance technicians.