LMD is Europe’s greenest data center. Sustainability is at the core of our mission and values. In addition to running on renewable power and operating with world class low PUE, the CO2 emission is zero and the footprint limited. The mine is already there, and the material required to build out capacity is low. The main part of the facility is not visible to the surroundings. There is no need for evaporative systems for cooling and the WUE (Water Usage Effectiveness) is zero.
Norway has a unique power proposition. Large surplus production of green, low-cost power. Norway is ranked number 1 in the world on secure, accessible, and diversified energy supply. 98.5 % of total power production is Hydroelectricity. Norway produces nearly twice as much renewable energy as any other Nordic country.
LIMITED TRANMISSION LOSS
The national grid, connected to several hydro-power plants in the vicinity of Lefdal Mine Datacenter, provides the facility with sufficient power for any foreseeable future. The grid loss is at an absolute minimum. The current power supply has a statistical reliability of 99.97% (last 10 years), which is consistent with Tier-III requirements. The total power production in the area is presently 12.7 TWh (100 % renewable). From this 6.7 TWh is surplus production currently being exported out of the area.
The planned capacity for the data center will be ramped up in steps as the project develops with 100+MW capacity available from Q1 2022.
Lefdal Mine Datacenter is one of the world’s most energy effective data centers. The cooling solution enables the facility to run with an industry leading PUE guaranteed at 1.15. For solutions without UPS back-up even lower PUE can be achieved.
The data center is designed for carbon neutrality. Power delivered from the grid is certified 100% renewable and the operations are certified according to ISO 14001 Environmental management systems. CO2 emissions from diesel generators and vehicles will be reduced (by replacing diesel vehicles with electric vehicles) and by offsetting rest emissions according to standards. We are in process with DNV-GL to be certified according to their “DNV-GL Carbon Neutral” certification.
NO WATER USAGE
As opposed to air cooled data centers, LMD is not affected by warm days (or other pollution). There is no need for evaporative systems for cooling and the WUE (Water Usage Effectiveness) is “0”.
Lefdal Mine Datacenter is located inside mountain halls in a former mine. The mountain hall provides the “raw building”, and less materials and investments are needs to provide the capacity. Reusing the mine also leads to less visual impact in the surroundings of a large data center like Lefdal Mine Datacenter.
Lefdal Mine Datacenter’s Hardware Lifecycle Management Process address sustainable recycling of equipment.
Lefdal Mine Datacenter will reuse the heat generated from our operations. The cooling solution is based on stable supply of cold seawater transported in a circulation system to heat exchangers. The heat exchangers interact between the cold sea water and a closed freshwater circuit – pressurized system. The freshwater circuit transports chilled water to the containers/data halls, where the cold water is transformed to cold air, cooling down the hardware. The heated return air is transformed to heated water and then transported back to the heat exchangers where the cold sea water is heated and transported out of the facility. This heated return water Lefdal Mine Datacenter aim to use to reduce the footprint for the facility and our customers. Currently we are working on several projects on how to optimize the effect obtainable from the heated water.
Lefdal Mine Datacenter is a member of ICT Norway. ICT Norway is a proud signatory of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, committing to the European Green Deal ambitions and to make data centers climate neutral by 2030. The goals set forward in the pact is already a part of our solution. Yet we every single day strive to become greener in all parts of our business and operations. Lefdal Mine Datacenter are fully committed to achieving the targets set forward in the Climate Neutral Data Centre pact.
Lefdal Mine Datacenter has joined the iMasons Climate Accord. This is a historic coalition designed to govern a methodology to measure and reduce carbon in the infrastructure through products, power, and materials. More than 70 companies have already joined – including the hyperscalers Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Meta and Google. We all agree the key to achieving carbon neutrality is by uniting together.
Certified NS-EN ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Standard. Includes Working Waste Deployment Plan and procedures to avoid any pollution.