Scotland, as we all know is the epitome of clean and green energy even when it wasn’t a trend that the world was keen or fond of. Scotland in the past few years has taken long strides in the renewable and clean energy sector.
Scotland may become the first country to go 100 percent on clean energy, as we see it making remarkable progress in a very short period. Also, it is achieving its goals 10 years before when it was expected. Now, Scotland is supposed to be the home to the world’s first commercial-size data center powered by the ocean. These data centers house the processing power for cloud computing as well as a storage site for data, these are essential to tech giants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft and many more. As more people go online, these centers are becoming ever larger, requiring more energy, space and, crucially, cold weather to keep the equipment cool. Simec Atlantis, a tidal energy company listed on the Aim market and based in the UK, is in talks with one of the world’s biggest data center operators to build a facility powered by Simec’s underwater tidal turbines by 2021. The center will be located on the north coast of Caithness, near the Isle of Stroma, close to Simec’s existing turbine farm, called MeyGen, where the weather is cold and windy most of the year. Tim Cornelius, chief executive of Simec, said these sorts of direct-to-client “private wire” deals between energy companies and end-users are becoming more important.
When built, the data center will be the first commercial-scale facility in the world to use entirely green energy. The first module will span 75,000 sq ft and more will eventually be added. “All the big data center operators and their clients are wanting to use green energy,” said Mr. Cornelius.