Google to invest another $180 million to expand datacenter in Finland

Google to invest another $180 million to expand datacenter in Finland

Summary: Google brings its datacenter investment focus back to Europe.

TOPICS: Data Centers, Google

Citing the increased demand for online access to video and data Google has announced a $184 million expansion project for its Hamina Datacenter. The data center in Finland, Google’s first to repurpose an existing, non-datacenter facility, is possibly best known for an innovative cooling scheme that uses seawater from the Bay of Finland to reduce cooling costs.

The announcement of the major expansion plans in Finland are the first  datacenter growth expenditures that Google has announced since the unveiling of plans to build large Asian data centers in Singapore and Hong Kong.

This expenditure roughly doubles the Google datacenter investment in this European facility. After purchasing the paper mill property for 40 million euros, Google spent an addition 160 million euros ($195 million) on building and equipping the datacenter. The original building project took just over 18 months which is also the projected length of the datacenter expansion.

Topics: Data Centers, Google

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  • There's nothing innovative about using water to cool something

    You sound like apple PR. Get over it.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Really?

      Feel free to link to any other site using direct seawater cooling for their datacenter with minimal environmental impact.
      David Chernicoff
  • At least they got something for it...

    For 195 million they actually saved energy, unlike the 580 billion spent on Solyndra that was a total write-off...
    Tony Burzio
  • Google pays for site-unique engineering not K-Street style PR

    I'd love to follow the path that heat follows from the racks to the sea. Does Google use liquid cooled racks like navy ships. How does it manage the flow of heat to heat exchangers that keep salt water away from the server farm. In about 5 years we'll know when Google finds a better way. Until then Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and others can do the work like Google or settle for second best.