Intelligent Data Centres Issue 01 | Page 22

PROJECT FOCUS EUROPE The Boden Type Data Center One was officially inaugurated in Boden, Sweden. Funded by the European Comission’s Horizon 2020 programme, the Europe-wide consortium representing four nations and five entities officially opened the first installation of the concept – a pilot site, called Boden Type DC One (BTDC). The BTDC will demonstrate a range of highly innovative key engineering principles used to construct the most cost and energy efficient data centres with minimal environmental impact. The consortium consists of data centre engineering specialist H1 Systems, cooling manufacturer EcoCooling, research institute Fraunhofer IOSB, research institute RISE SICS North and infrastructure developers Boden Business Agency, who have joined forces aiming to design and validate a future proof concept.Senior representatives from the participating consortium discussed their role in the project and gave an outlook of what results can be expected in the future during the inauguration ceremony. NORTH AMERICA Google announced it would be investing more than US$13 billion in investments throughout 2019 in data centres and offices across the US. This will include major expansions in 14 states, with the new investments set to provide the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. The announcement was made by Google CEO Sundar Pichai who said the growth will allow the company to invest in the communities where it operates, while also improving the products and services that help billions of people and businesses globally. 22 Issue 01