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Photos: One of the coolest datacentres in the world - on the edge of the Arctic Circle

The datacentre cooled by Icelandic air and running on the Earth's heat...
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Icelandic datacentre

The datacentre cooled by Icelandic air and running on the Earth's heat...

This is literally one of the coolest datacentres in the world.

Verne Global's datacentre campus is based in Keflavik, Iceland - just outside the Arctic Circle.

Iceland's chilly climate naturally cools the datacentre's servers while the country's abundant supply of geothermal and hydroelectric energy provides a renewable power supply to the facility.

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Icelandic datacentre

Iceland is the only country in the world to obtain 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.

Verne Global says Iceland's natural cooling and renewable energy supply means running costs for the datacentre are less than half that of datacentres situated in Europe.

Shown above is one of the valves at an Icelandic geothermal power plant supplying the Verne Global facility.

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Icelandic datacentre

A 500-square-metre datacentre is being deployed at the Verne Global site, made up of modular datacentres provided by Colt.

The datacentre modules are built in the north of England before being packed into containers and shipped to Iceland. A total of 550 tonnes of datacentre containers have been transported to the facility.

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A Colt datacentre module is delivered to the 18-hectare Verne Global site, which previously housed a Nato command centre.

One of the first customers to site a datacentre at the facility is Datapipe, a provider of managed services and infrastructure.

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The main hall at the Verne Global facility is prepared for the arrival of the modular datacentres.

Iceland's mid-Atlantic location allows for low millisecond connections to London and New York, according to Verne Global.

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Racks of servers inside a Colt modular datacentre.

The Verne Global facility is relatively safe from natural disasters - Verne Global says the site is not near any volcanoes and is in a location with little chance of earthquakes.

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