Google Builds Data Center With Off-Site Heat Recovery - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  January 19, 2024

Google Builds Data Center With Off-Site Heat Recovery

Google announced it has begun construction on a new data center in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire that will handle off-site heat recovery. 

It will be able to conserve energy by capturing the data center’s heat; it will then deploy an air-based cooling solution.

The data center will be located on a 33-acre site that Google purchased in October 2020 and will help ensure reliable digital services to Google Cloud customers and Google users in the U.K.

"People and organizations worldwide rely on Google's data centers daily for the digital services they use," said Ruth Porat, President & Chief Investment Officer, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet and Google, in a statement. "The Waltham Cross data center represents our latest investment in the UK and the wider digital economy at large. This investment builds upon our Saint Giles and Kings Cross office developments, our multi-year research collaboration agreement with the University of Cambridge, and the Grace Hopper subsea cable that connects the UK with the United States and Spain. This new data center will help meet growing demand for our AI and cloud services and bring crucial compute capacity to businesses across the UK while creating construction and technical jobs for the local community."

Google's data centers are among some of the most efficient in the world - the company’s goal is to run all of its data centers and campuses on carbon-free energy (CFE), every hour of every day. It is seeking net zero emissions across its operations and value chain by 2030. 

In 2022, Google announced a power purchase agreement with ENGIE for offshore wind energy generated by the Moray West wind farm in Scotland. This agreement adds 100 MW of carbon-free energy to the grid, which means Google's UK operations are on track to operate at or near 90% carbon-free energy by 2025.

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