Bulk today announced a number of expansion projects across its data center sites in Norway. With investment focused on ensuring long term availability of power and land providing highly connected and scalable sites powered by 100% renewable energy.
Set within the backdrop of many European locations struggling with power constraints, whilst demand for data center capacity is increasing, Bulk has completed the installation of the N01 onsite substation delivering 125MVA of dual connections to the adjacent Kristiansand substation. Generation comes from nearby large-scale hydroelectric power plants and provides customers immediate access to 100MW of power, ensuring a resilient low carbon energy source, with significant opportunities for future scale.
Construction on a second data center started
The power upgrade is the first part of a wider scheme that will eventually see the N01 campus connect to 1GW of power for data center customers. To meet demand for low cost and renewable powered data center capacity, the operator also confirmed that construction has commenced on its second data center at the NO1 campus, offering an additional 10MW of IT capacity. In concert, this Autumn a further 160,000 meters of levelled land will be complete at the site, in readiness for a 40MW data centre planned for construction next year.
A pan-Nordic platform of sustainable data centers
The operator’s expansion is not just centered on international scale deployments but also on the increasing demand for highly connected secure data center services. And following strong regional growth from enterprise and system integrators, Bulk Data Centers completed construction of a further 1.5 MW of whitespace at its Oslo facility - OS-IX, which earlier this year announced it will be home to DE-CIX (Internet Exchange), building on the already highly connected facility. These combined projects reaffirm Bulk’s strategy to scale a pan-Nordic platform of sustainable data centers.
Rob Elder, VP Data Center says: “Whilst demand for digital services and data centres are increasing, Europe is in the midst of an energy crisis that encompasses price, power security and scalability. The growth of digitilization often appears at odds in the current climate, to both reduce demand on the grid and reduce carbon emissions of data centers.”
Leading the way
“Customers cannot wait years and with these projects we continue to demonstrate how Bulk is leading the way in investing in sustainable solutions, which offer customers high connected scalable options at much lower costs to Europe and with almost unlimited scale.”
All of the projects form part of Bulk Data Centers commitment to establishing a sustainable industrial cluster around N01 and OS-IX by utilizing the excess heat. The project at OS-IX connects to an adjacent business, and at N01 heat reuse will be used for a range of local companies, including an Industrial Real Estate business.
Circular economy campus
Gisle M.Eckhoff, Executive Vice President, Bulk Data Centers, said “We are experiencing rapidly increasing demand for our data center capacity in the Nordics, and our ongoing expansion will provide customers with sustainable, reliable and highly connected facilities.”
“While our data centers are powered by renewable energy, we still have a responsibility to ensure that energy is utilized as efficiently as possible, including solutions for re-use of heat from the cooling systems. At N01 we have established a circular economy campus, where the heat will be re-used to heat green houses for vegetables and plants as well as for drying fire wood. Our customers care for the environment, and appreciate that Bulk is ahead in the field of sustainable data center operations.”