The city of Abilene and Taylor County have authorized a project with Lancium, a Houston-based energy technology and infrastructure business, to create a large-scale, renewable energy-powered data center campus in Abilene and Taylor County. Final discussions with Taylor County, the City of Abilene, and the Development Corporation of Abilene are pending on this momentous milestone. The project will start at 200 megawatts and have a capacity of more than 1 gigawatt.
Lancium aspires to be the industry leader in green, low-cost infrastructure for bitcoin mining and other distributed energy-intensive applications.
Lancium and its clients want to invest $2.4 billion over the next 20 years, generate 57 full-time jobs, and construct their Clean Compute Campus on 800 acres in Taylor County and Abilene, pending annexation within the city boundaries. This new venture is anticipated to cement the region’s position as a major renewable energy producer while also hosting Bitcoin mining and other energy-intensive activities. The Clean Compute Campus, which will open in the first quarter of 2022, would initially house about 100,000 square feet of industrial electric services equipment and data servers.
Lancium data Centers
“We are very proud to be part of the community and build one of our flagship Clean Campuses in Abilene,” said Michael McNamara, co-founder and CEO of Lancium. “We chose Abilene for our second Clean Campus because of its ideal location, proximity to abundant wind and solar generation, high-quality workforce and the opportunities to grow in the future.”
Lancium data centers are not designed with UPS, HVAC, or redundant systems. This unique design would save a significant amount of money. Lancium ‘goes wide’ by adding additional resources to counteract fluctuating power supply. Importantly, they are older generation CPUs and GPUs, both of which are relatively cheap, according to Lancium. Their centers house servers that would otherwise be discarded, thereby minimizing ‘e-waste.’ Users of these data centers would benefit directly from the cost savings.