Icelandic Data Center’s Back-up Powered with Green Hydrogen

Verne Global Data Center Iceland

Verne Global, a provider of sustainable data center solutions for high-intensity computing, and Landsvirkjun, Iceland’s national power company, have announced a partnership in which Verne Global will test and deploy hydrogen fuel cells to provide reliable and sustainable backup power for its Icelandic data center campus.

The two firms will collaborate to allow the shift to green hydrogen power generated using Iceland’s renewable energy, advancing Verne Global’s industry-leading sustainability position further. This is Iceland’s first data center project of its sort.

“We’re constantly searching for ways to improve our already market-leading sustainability credentials,” said Dominic Ward, CEO at Verne Global. “So, we jumped at the opportunity to work with Landsvirkjun and Icelandic New Energy to turn even our back-up data center power ‘green’.”

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Photo Dominic Ward, CEO at Verne Global
“We jumped at the opportunity to work with Landsvirkjun and Icelandic New Energy to turn even our back-up data center power ‘green’,” said Dominic Ward, CEO at Verne Global.

Verne Global’s 40-acre data center complex was built from the ground up to provide highly specialized data center services for companies running high-intensity compute workloads such as AI, machine learning, HPC, and supercomputing. Verne Global can provide these clients with long-term pricing visibility because to Iceland’s robust, 100 percent renewable-powered energy infrastructure. The local environment would allow for free cooling 365 days a year. Verne Global will deploy sustainable hydrogen-powered production in this experimental project to maintain data center operations in the case of an interruption to its major power source.

Icelandic New Energy, which has over two decades of expertise in the hydrogen energy transition in Iceland, will manage the project and undertake a research that will provide direction to the rest of the industry on the practicality of hydrogen fuel cell backup for data centers.

“We’re really looking forward to working with Verne Global on this project and helping them further capitalise on Iceland’s inimitable ability to provide green energy,” said Hörður Arnarson, CEO at Landsvirkjun. “We’re proud to undertake this pioneering project with an industry leader, which will in turn provide us with key insights into leveraging hydrogen power across Iceland and beyond.”