Sustainable data center operator DigiPlex has acquired a plot of 110,000 m2 to construct five new data centers for a major new campus site. The colocation provider also secured enough renewable power, onsite water, as well as planning and building permissions to support the data center development.
This second DigiPlex data center site in Denmark will feature waste heat recovery technology to feed into the existing district heating system as part of a significant environmental sustainability commitment.
The data center campus will be constructed in Høje-Taastrup municipality to the west of Copenhagen in an area surrounded by industrial developments. The location is part of ‘The Finger-Plan’ development strategy of the Greater Copenhagen Area.
DigiPlex has secured enough electricity supply for the first phase, with an option to increase this to as much as 100MW as the campus grows. Five water-cooled data centers are planned with the majority of water requirements met by onsite wells and rainwater. This is in line with DigiPlex’s commitment to reduce demand on main water supplies.
As part of the agreement DigiPlex will build a lake to collect rainwater for use in cooling as well as contribute to a storm-water basin to benefit the local community. Two cycle tracks and upgrades and extension to local roads will also be delivered as part of the development.
The announcement follows the news of DigiPlex acquiring a plot of 60,000 m2, with an option to purchase an additional 100,000 m2 in Treklyngen industrial park in Ringerike municipality outside of Oslo, Norway. This site has also been prepared for the establishment of a large data center complex.
“We are seeing huge interest in sustainable data center development in the Nordic region and continue to invest to capitalize on this trend. The acquisition of this major plot, plus the Norwegian land acquisition we announced last month, further strengthens DigiPlex ability to rapidly meet the need for data center capacity from hyperscalers as well as local and international businesses requiring ultra-sustainable, cost effective colocation facilities,” said Wiljar Nesse, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DigiPlex. “Through close collaboration with all parties we already have power agreements, access to water, and all necessary building regulation approvals in place. We are ready to start campus construction and are already in discussion with a number of potential international customers.”
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“We are very happy to welcome DigiPlex to Høje-Taastrup. Their data center campus will not only bring jobs, but also add value to the municipality,” said Michael Ziegler, Mayor of Høje-Taastrup. “DigiPlex which is an environmentally sustainable data center will create development and invest in our local infrastructure and ecosystem. I’m also very pleased to announce that DigiPlex has kindly agreed to contribute to water reservoirs and to upgrade local roads as well as building new cycle paths. This will benefit the whole community.”
DigiPlex has a total of seven data centers in the Nordic region. It opened new data centers at Fetsund and Hobøl last year. An additional colocation data center is under construction at Fetsund and 100,000 m2 of land has been purchased for an additional data center campus outside Oslo at Treklyngen industrial park in Ringerike.
“It was important to us that the new owner added value to the land and to the local community. In DigiPlex I know we have found the perfect owner,” said Carl H. Petersen of the CRT companies, who is selling the land. “The company’s plans complement local development priorities, create opportunity for citizens and will deliver a highly sustainable campus and over DKK 22 million in infrastructure upgrades.”