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Icelandic data centre to gain hydrogen-powered energy back-up
Icelandic data centre to gain hydrogen-powered energy back-up

Icelandic data centre to gain hydrogen-powered energy back-up

Sustainable data centre solutions provider, Verne Global and Iceland’s national power company, Landsvirkjun, will collaborate to trial hydrogen fuel cells to provide back-power for Verne’s Icelandic data centre.

Announced today (May 30), the project will use green hydrogen produced from Iceland’s renewable energy to power fuel cells for Verne’s back-up power at its 40-acre data centre campus, near Reykjanesbær, Iceland.

Icelandic New Energy will oversee the project and conduct a study which is hoped to serve as guidance to the wider industry on the viability of hydrogen fuel cell back-up for data centres.

Hörður Arnarson, CEO of Landsvirkjun, said, “We’re really looking forward to working with Verne Global on this project and helping them further capitalise on Iceland’s inimitable ability to provide green energy.

“We’re proud to undertake this pioneering project with an industry leader, which will in turn provide us with key insights into leveraging hydrogen power across Iceland and beyond.”

The Icelandic data centre, founded by Verne in 2012, powers industries such as, financial services, earth sciences, life sciences, engineering, scientific research, and artificial intelligence.

Dominic Ward, CEO at Verne Global, commented, “We’re constantly searching for ways to improve our already market-leading sustainability credentials, so we jumped at the opportunity to work with Landsvirkjun and Icelandic New Energy to turn even our back-up data centre power ‘green’.”

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