New Hillsboro data centre campus to use waterless heat rejection

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Aligned Data Centers has announced its expansion into the Pacific Northwest, with a 27-acre, 108 megawatt (MW) data centre campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. The campus will combine Aligned’s patented and Delta3 cooling technology with a state-of-the-art waterless heat rejection system.

It is hoped that this latest expansion will help to fortify the company’s corporate sustainability commitments, as well as preserve local water resources. Meanwhile, the region’s mild climate will help further reduce power usage and costs associated with data centre cooling.

The new campus caps a year of accelerated growth for Aligned, which saw the launch of new sites or expansions of existing facilities in Chicago, Dallas, Frederick County, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City, as well as its recently announced planned acquisition of LATAM data centre provider, ODATA.

“The rapidly expanding Hillsboro data centre market offers a host of advantages to hyperscale and large enterprise customers, especially as compared to other Western data center locations,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “Hillsboro offers a business-friendly environment, affordable power and renewable energy options, diverse metro and long-haul connectivity to major cities and tech hubs such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Silicon Valley, as well as proximity to international subsea cable networks that reduce latency between the U.S. and high-growth markets in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Master-planned for two new buildings, the initial data centre at Aligned’s Hillsboro campus is expected to offer 72 MW of critical capacity. The second building is currently planned for 36 MW. The campus is strategically located within the region of the State of Oregon’s Enterprise Zone program. Hillsboro has no state, city, or county sales taxes, and Oregon’s Enterprise Zone program offers property tax abatement to data centres for up to five years that bring new facilities, equipment, and employment to the region.

Aligned’s Hillsboro campus has access to abundant power, with 120 MW of utility capacity and utility rates at a fraction of the cost per kWh of comparable West Coast data centre markets, lowering customers’ total cost of ownership.

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