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Luleå, Sweden   (Source:
Facebook's farm will take advantage of the climate to cool its servers

Server farms produce quite a bit of heat, and require cooling in order to prevent overheating. So what better place to put a server farm than the edge of the Arctic Circle?

Facebook has announced that it plans to build a server farm in Luleå, northern Sweden, which is at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea and 62 miles South of the Arctic Circle.

The farm, which will consist of three server halls that will cover an area as large as 11 football fields, will take advantage of the climate to cool the servers. In other words, the farm will only use air to cool the servers.

According to Mats Engman, chief executive of the Aurorum Science Park, which is working to lure other computing companies to the area for its cool temperatures, the climate in this area is 2C, or 35.6F, on average. It hasn't reached above 30C, or 86F, for more than one day since 1961.

While air can be used to cool the servers, the servers will still need 120MW of power to stay running. But this power requirement will be provided by renewable electricity generated by Luleå river dams.

"The Luleå river produces twice as much electricity as the Hoover Dam does, so 50 percent is exported from our region," said Engman. "There is a surplus of energy, and we can supply more data centers in this area easily."

Facebook is expected to provide more details concerning the Arctic venture in a press conference in Luleå today. This is Facebook's first server farm to be located outside of the United States.

Source: The Telegraph

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Targeted Global Warming
By GTVic on 10/27/2011 12:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose a server farm is going to contribute to global warming regardless of where it is located. But is it really a good idea to directly heat up the arctic? :)

RE: Targeted Global Warming
By Jeremy87 on 10/27/2011 1:15:32 PM , Rating: 3
If you're going by the logic "contribute regardless where it is", using naturally cold air is more efficient than cooling down warm air.

RE: Targeted Global Warming
By TSS on 10/27/2011 9:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
We musn't forget what the energy will actually be used for. When your spending energy to waste energy isn't "efficiency" an oxymoron?

RE: Targeted Global Warming
By FITCamaro on 10/27/11, Rating: -1
RE: Targeted Global Warming
By cjohnson2136 on 10/27/2011 3:49:52 PM , Rating: 2
I think it was more of a joke saying that they are putting a building that releases massive amounts of heat into an area that's near closer to the polar caps.

RE: Targeted Global Warming
By FITCamaro on 10/28/2011 1:04:38 PM , Rating: 1
The heat released by the servers is infinitesimal compared to the surrounding environment.

And he's saying the server farm will contribute to "global warming". If its run off hydroelectric power, there's no impact to the environment at all. Especially when the power plant already exists and has excess capacity.

RE: Targeted Global Warming
By GTVic on 10/30/2011 6:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose you have to be aware of ESL types when posting on the internet, even on an all English site. But still, it is surprising you missed the word "suppose", the "?" and the ":)". Get a grip.

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