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Google to construct a new data centre in Denmark, investing €600mn 

Google announces construction plans for its fifth European data centre, set to match the company's sustainability efforts whilst bolstering its technological firepower on the continent

Google announced on 20 November that it will invest €600mn in a new data centre based in Denmark

Set for construction on the outskirts of Fredericia, the data centre will leverage the location’s existing infrastructure and thriving business community to assist with driving efficiency and modernity.

The facility will be Google’s fifth European data centre after Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Finland, and will reflect the tech giant’s commitment to aligning its energy use with 100% carbon-free energy.

We’re pursuing new investment opportunities (called Power Purchase Agreements, or PPAs) in Danish renewable energy projects like onshore wind, offshore wind and solar energy,” said Joe Kava, VP of Global Data Centres at Google, in a blog post.

“In Europe, Google data centers typically use one third less energy than a typical data center, yet we’re still striving to use even less.

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“The Fredericia data center will be among the most energy efficient data centers in Denmark to date, taking advantage of advanced machine learning to make sure every watt of electricity counts.” 

Kava’s blog post highlighted the benefits to the local economy that will be brought about by the new facility, particularly in job creation.

During construction, the data centre will support 1,450 jobs per year between 2018 and 2021. Following completion, operations at the facility will see the creation of 150-250 roles including computer technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, catering staff, and a security team.

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