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Spanish engineering firm partnering with TLM Group to build in Extremadura eco-park

September 08, 2021

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Resource – https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/news/ingenostrum-to-build-150mw-data-center-in-cáceres-spain/

A hyperscale ‘carbon neutral’ data center is being developed in western Spain.

El Economista reports that Spanish engineering company Ingenostrum is partnering with American consulting firm TLM Group to develop a 150MW data center in the Extremadura region of western Spain.

The facility, to be located in the CCGreen project eco-industrial park in Cáceres, will have 100MW in its first phase and user outside air cooling in conjunction with a geothermal cooling system.

A 120MW photovoltaic solar farm is also being developed in the park that will power the data center. Reportedly built to Tier IV standards, the data center will have a PUE of 1.2.

El Economista claimed it would be the ‘the first carbon-neutral data center in the European Union’, though a number of data center operators already claim carbon neutrality through combinations of on-site power generation and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to offset energy use.

Ingenostrum provides design and construction services for electrical infrastructures such as solar and wind farms.

Created in collaboration with the University of Extremadura, CCGreen is a 200-hectare ‘eco-industrial park’ with access to a large amount of renewable energy from nearby solar and hydroelectric plants. The park is aimed at hosting ‘activities that contribute to the energy transition, the decarbonization of the economy, and the development of technologies’.

While Spain has a number of large-scale data center developments in the country – including from CyrusOne, Equinix, NTT, EdgeConneX, and Amazon – most are clustered around Madrid and Barcelona.

Amazon and Orange have both invested in solar farms in Extremadura to help offset their energy use in the country.

A version of this story appeared on the Spanish edition.