Saturday, November 25, 2017

Green Mountain vows to power data centres with 100% renewable energy

Company signs the BSR principles joining others including Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Akamai, Adobe, Oracle, and Digital Realty.

Norwegian data centre services provider Green Mountain has committed itself to power all its IT infrastructure resourcing to 100% renewable energy.

With that in mind, the wholesale colocation player has signed on as a supporter of the Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers` Principles.

By supporting the principles, Green Mountain said it is committed to the mission of BSR’s Future of Internet Power initiative to power the internet with 100% renewable energy.

The principles, which in total amount to six, include options, data, incentives, collaboration, disclosure and advocacy.

Other companies that have signed to the principles include CA Technologies, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, VMware, Akamai, Adobe, Oracle, Yahoo, eBay, Digital Realty, and others.

Knut Molaug, CEO Green Mountain, said: “As the first colocation provider, Green Mountain provide 100 % real-time transparency and disclosure of all key parameters of delivery, including power usage, carbon footprint, temperatures, power cost to visualise usage and incentivise continuous improvement.

“We support and promote the BSR principles to all of our clients, partners and employees.  We are committed to 100% clean and renewable energy in our efforts to remain the greenest data centre in the world.  Signing the six principles is a natural extension of our efforts and solidifies Green Mountain`s position as a global data centre leader in data centre sustainability.”

Green Mountain operates today two data centres in Norway in Stavanger and Telemark.

The Stavanger data centre functions in a former NATO ammunition storage facility and includes 13,600 sqm of technical space with a maximum power capacity expandable to 26MW.

To cool down the hub, DC1-Stavanger has a cooling source available from an adjacent deep water fjord.

Green Mountain explains that at levels below 75m depth, the water temperature is stable at 8 oC (46F) all year round.

The cooling system uses the gravity effect to bring the cold water from a depth of 100m to the data centre’s cooling station without using any energy. The water is then sent to the data room using chilled water pipes and pumps.

Once the process is completed, the water is returned to the fjord at a depth of nearly 30m.

As for the data centre in Telemark (DC2- Telemark), the hub offers a maximum power input of 25MW and more than 1,000 sqm of current available area of hosting.

To cool the data centre, Green Mountain uses an adjacent water supply which is first used for hydro generation in the mountain.

In a joint statement, Petter M. Tømmeraas, CSO and Svein Atle Hagaseth, Sales Director North America for Green Mountain, said: “We are excited to be recognised as a supporter of Future of Internet Power and the greater BSR network, comprised of more than 250 member companies and partners to build a sustainable world and reach our renewable goals.”