In a previous article I discussed the different energy requirements for heating and cooling in various Countries around the world, click here for link. One of the observations in this article was that Ireland had the least need for air conditioning (cooling) of any Country in the world. This cool climate has recently been very useful to enable Ireland to secure a substantial investment by Google. See extract below:
“Ireland has the least need of cooling or air conditioning in the whole world, with only 19 degree days required, compared with 40 in Iceland and 43 in Norway. Obliviously if the Arctic and Antarctic were considered countries they would knock Ireland off this position. No information is available for Greenland, possibly as it is lightly settled and a territory of Denmark.”
At the time I wrote this, it seemed little more than an interesting observation, as the savings in air conditioning costs by Ireland are more than countered by the heating requirements during the winter. However, it has been a very useful fact if you are in the data centre operations business.
Google have just announced that they will be building a 4,000 square metre, €75 million, data centre in Ireland. But, interestingly, they quoted the Irish climate as one of the reasons they choose to locate it here. Data centres generate a substantial amount of heat, which results in substantial air conditioning costs. But by locating the data centre in Ireland their cooling costs will be lower and Google expect that the centre when completed will be one of the most energy efficient data centres in the world. Google’s top executive in Ireland, John Herlihy, said his company’s decision was “a rare case where the Irish weather is a cause for praise”.
It’s a nice boost for Ireland’s ailing construction industry with an expected 200 jobs to be created across five years. However when completed the data centre will only require 30 full time staff to operate it. See links to full newspaper articles below: