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Google breaks ground on second Belgian data center campus worth $1bn

By District Energy posted 04-08-2024 14:29




Google has started construction work on its second Belgian data center campus, located in Farciennes, in the province of Hainaut.

The company reportedly aims to invest $1 billion in the project. Google will also be expanding its existing Belgian campus in Saint-Ghislain.

Conditions attached to Google’s planning permit will require on-site solar panels, which the company has said will mounted to the roof. Additionally, 90 percent of the energy consumed on the site must be carbon-free by 2025 and this must even be 95 percent by 2030.

Google will also have to opt for a more sustainable cooling system for the data centers in the future – reportedly switching from systems that use water-consuming technology to air-cooling. The site will also be connected to a local district heating network.

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