Scotland to host world’s first ocean-powered data centre

SIMEC Atlantis has unveiled plans for a tidal-powered data centre in the Caithness region of Scotland.

On 9 September, it revealed the plans for the centre – set to be the first of its kind in the world to be powered by the ocean – and explained it could play a role in alleviating constraints on local renewable energy developments that, at present, have been restricted by current grid capacity and the closure of renewable energy subsidy schemes. Projects such as the MeyGen tidal stream project would be able to sell power directly to the data centre through a new private wire network connection. This connection will also aim to provide an alternate pathway for the construction of the next large phase of the MeyGen project without reliance on the UK government’s renewable energy support schemes.

The targeted operations date for the data centre is 2024, though a smaller initial data centre module could be deployed sooner and draw power from the existing 6MW array at the MeyGen site.

Tim Cornelius, CEO of SIMEC Atlantis, said: “This exciting project represents the marriage of a world leading renewable energy project in MeyGen with a data centre operator that seeks to provide its clients with a large amount of computing power, powered from a sustainable and reliable source – the ocean. At MeyGen we have many of the ingredients to provide clean power to the data centre, including a large grid connection agreement, proximity to international fibre optic connections and persistent cool weather.”

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