World’s largest data center to be built in Arctic Circle

By David Rein

  • Data center is predicted to draw on a record amount of power.
  • The facility is being developed by a US/Norwegian joint venture.
  • Company claims site will be a "fortress for data".

A small town in the remote north of the Arctic Circle is set to be home to the world's largest data center.

The Kolos facility is being developed by a US-Norwegian partnership, also called Kolos, who say the site will eventually draw on a record-setting 1000 megawatts of power.

On their website, Kolos claim Ballangen's cold climate and access to hydropower will help trim energy costs by as much as 60 percent.

 

The company added that Kolos will be a "fortress for data".

Scientists launch 6,200-mile journey through the Arctic to uncover the effects of global warming

  • Month-long, 6,200-mile trip aims to document the impact of climate change 
  • Scientists say sea ice will soon largely vanish from the Arctic during the summer
  • They predict impact will be felt across northern hemisphere as far as Florida

 

 

The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise.

Arctic voyage finds global warming impacting ice, animals

Frank Jordans, The Associated Press 
Published Monday, August 14, 2017 12:45AM EDT 

VICTORIA STRAIT, Nunavut - The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise.

"The most important piece of clothing to pack is good, sturdy and warm boots. There is going to be snow and ice on the deck of the icebreaker," it read.

The Associated Press was joining international researchers on a month-long, 10,000 kilometre (6,200-mile) journey to document the impact of climate change on the forbidding ice and frigid waters of the Far North. But once the ship entered the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, there would be nowhere to stop for supplies and no help for hundreds of miles. So in went the boots: Global warming or not, it was best to come prepared.

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