New Eindhoven data centre to utilise latest sustainability tech

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The largest regional data centre provider in the Netherlands, NorthC Datacenters, has commenced construction of a new data centre in Eindhoven, which boasts the utilisation of the latest trends in sustainability tech. The new data centre will have a total surface area of over 4000 metres squared, and will become operational in October 2023.

This will be the second NorthC data centre in the Eindhoven/Brabant region of the Netherlands, next to the existing data centre at Eindhoven High Tech Campus (HTC), and the company’s twelfth facility in the country.

“The Eindhoven/Brabant region is one of the fastest growing innovation regions in the Netherlands and is a key region for companies developing new services for digital transformation,” said Alexandra Schless, CEO of NorthC Datacenters. “Our existing data centre at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven is at capacity, which is why we are now building a second data centre to serve both existing and new customers.

“During construction, we will focus achieving the highest levels of sustainability, in every possible way. This follows our ambition to be completely carbon neutral by 2030. In this way, we also support our customers in achieving their sustainability goals, as their IT environment will run significantly more efficient and sustainable in this data centre than in an in-house data centre.”

The new data centre in Eindhoven will feature the latest technological innovations, including advanced emergency power generators that can run on green hydrogen as well as on natural gas. This could mean an annual emission reduction of 75 tons of CO2, compared to standard diesel generators – the equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 37 passenger cars (averaging 11,000 kilometres per year). These hybrid generators are designed to ensure that the data centre is ready to be connected to future infrastructure required for the transport, storage and use of green hydrogen.

Currently, the NorthC data centre in Groningen, the Netherlands, is the only data centre in Europe that uses advanced hydrogen fuel cells for backup power. Because the new data centre in Eindhoven will be larger, the eventual savings in carbon emissions there are expected to be much greater.

NorthC will also use sustainable cooling installations that do not consume drinking water, and the new data centre will be ready to exchange residual heat with other companies nearby.

It will also be directly connected to the existing NorthC data centre in Eindhoven, as well as NorthC’s Region Connect Ring, which links all data centre locations via a dedicated high-speed fibre optic connection. The new NorthC data center in Eindhoven will have a power capacity of 4.5 megawatts.

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