CSC locates eco-efficient data center in former paper mill in Northern Finland

CSC — IT Center for Science Ltd datacenter in UPM’s former paper mill in Kajaani aims for a near zero carbon footprint.

CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd is building one of the most eco-efficient data centers in the world in Kajaani, Northern Finland. CSC’a new supercomputer will be located in a former paper mill belonging to UPM, a leading forest products company, and is estimated to be up and running in early 2012.

The data center is 8000 square metres in total, of which CSC will first occupy 4000 square metres with an option for another 4000 square metres for future growth. The data centre aims for a near zero carbon footprint during its operational lifetime, making the most of the three hydropower stations already on site and an active bio-energy plant of 80 MW in the same industrial area.
CSC is buying the equipment worth some EUR 20 million and UPM is constructing the hall where CSC will be the leaseholder. CSC’s competitive tender for the equipment is currently underway. With the arrival of the supercomputer, UPM’s former factory site is expected to develop into a major IT centre.

Unlike the exclusive datacentre currently being constructed by Google in another former paper mill in Summa, southern Finland, CSC prefers the data centre to be part of an eco-system involving other companies. Its data center project is therefore open to cooperation with both Finnish and international companies.

CSC — IT Center for Science Ltd is administered by Finland’s Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. CSC is a non-profit company providing IT support and resources for academia, research institutes and companies, including modeling, computing and information services. CSC provides Finland’s widest selection of scientific software and databases and Finland’s most powerful supercomputing environment that researchers can use via the Funet network.

Sources: CSC, Helsingin Sanomat