Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Sourcing Renewables - November 19, 2021
Microsoft Opens Sustainable Datacenter in Sweden
Microsoft Corp. announced the launch of its newest sustainable datacenter region in Sweden and is powering the datacenter with 100% carbon-free energy and supporting zero-waste operations.
The datacenter region is committed to cutting carbon emissions, achieving zero waste certification, and running on 100% carbon-free energy. Microsoft’s Sweden datacenter region in Gävle, Sandviken, and Staffanstorp will be powered by 100% carbon-free energy with 24/7 hourly energy matching with partner Vattenfall.
To support its operations, Microsoft has signed agreements for new renewable energy projects with BP, Enlight Renewable Energy, European Energy, NTR, Prime Capital and wpd. In addition, Sweden is Microsoft’s first datacenter region whose backup generators will run on Preem Evolution Diesel Plus, the world’s first Nordic Eco-labeled fuel, which contains at least 50% renewable raw material, and nearly an equivalent reduction in net carbon dioxide emissions compared with standard fossil diesel blends.
The new datacenter region will be home to Microsoft’s third European Circular Center, which repurposes servers and hardware in our datacenter. The Swedish Circular Center will have the ability to support 12,000 servers per month. Supporting the company’s water positive by 2030 commitment, the data centers' servers will be cooled with only outside air 100% of the year and rainwater will be captured at the datacenter, used primarily to provide humidification and to support onsite data center facilities.
“Our Swedish data centers are among the most sustainably designed and operated in the world,” said Hélène Barnekow, general manager Microsoft Sweden in a statement. “This is an important launch for Sweden and Europe, as I am of the firm conviction that new tech innovation is the most important enabler for the world to reach the global sustainability targets. By moving to the cloud, we create new opportunities to accelerate the transformation to a more sustainable future – together.”