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Hydro66 to build new wholesale data centre in The Node Pole region

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Hydro66 to build new wholesale data centre in The Node Pole region

Green and cost-effective hosting, adjacent to Facebook and KnC Miner, in the Arctic region of Sweden

 

Hydro66, a London UK company, today announces that it has made a significant investment in Boden, located in The Node Pole region, close to the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, with the unveiling of a specialist data centre facility. The new data centre will be operational from 14 May 2014.

 

The new Boden facility harnesses abundant renewable power from the Luleå Älv River.

 

  • The new data centre is situated next to the Luleå Älv and the 4,200 MW of green hydropower that the river generates (twice that generated by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, USA).
  • The facility is fed directly by the 78 MW Boden hydropower station, located less than 500m away.
  • Power is delivered with both minimal impact on the environment and extreme stability – the regional power grid has delivered 100% uptime since 1979.

 

Exceptionally low ambient temperatures in the region also result in free air cooling for 360 days per year. This, along with the fact that northern Sweden enjoys some of the lowest electricity prices in Europe, enables the new data centre to offer significant cost and operational advantages when compared to other existing data centres, typically located in high-cost urban population centres.

 

Hydro66 will wholesale its facilities for cloud-based services and storage at a very cost-effective price point. Hydro66 already has anchor customers, including a specialist virtual currency miner, that have exceptionally high-power density and resilience requirements.

 

The Node Pole region also plays host to large-scale owner-operated data centres including Facebook’s two Mega Data Centres and KnC Miner’s rapidly growing operation. Hydro66’s offerings are targeted at the global wholesale and enterprise marketplace.

 

Justin Fielder, CTO of Hydro66, says: “We chose Boden and The Node Pole region because of the abundance of natural, clean and sustainable power and the advantageously low ambient temperatures year round, which dramatically lower our clients’ operational costs. The powerful IT infrastructure is connected directly to the global Internet and corporate VPNs by fully diverse dark fibre connections offering almost unlimited capacity. The region also has research and competence in advanced IT. We were delighted to work with The Node Pole investment team and the City of Boden’s development teams, who made our decision an easy one. This data centre is part of a multi-million-pound commitment to The Node Pole region in building out capacity and capability to meet customer demand.”

Editor’s notes:

 

About Hydro66

Hydro66 is a company dedicated to offering ground-breaking hosting services that dramatically change the impact that companies running power-hungry IT services have on the environment, whilst simultaneously lowering their operational costs dramatically when compared to traditional data centres in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia Pacific regions. Offering wholesale capacity in state-of-the-art data centres that combine unrivalled power availability and free-air cooling for 360 days a year with exceptionally good fibre-based connectivity, Hydro66 delivers solutions that are ideal for mission-critical hosting such as virtual currency mining, cloud-based applications and multimedia streaming. Read more at www.hydro66.com

 

Hydro66 is backed by Black Green Capital, a UK-based venture firm investing in high-tech startups. Read more at www.blackgreencapital.com

 

About The Node Pole

The Node Pole region encompasses the municipalities Luleå, Boden and Piteå in the very north of Sweden, just by the Arctic Circle. The region has earned the epithet The Node Pole due to its northern position and emergence as a global hub for data traffic. The Node Pole offers perfect conditions for creating customised solutions for high-tech, electricity-intensive constructions such as data centres. In addition to having an extremely stable electricity infrastructure, The Node Pole region provides natural and free fresh-air cooling and renewable hydro- and wind power with low energy costs. Sweden enjoys one of the lowest electricity pricings in Europe and The Node Pole region has the lowest electricity price in Sweden. The region is also one of the most geologically, politically and socially stable areas in the world. Read more at www.thenodepole.com

 

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KnC Miner to build 10 MW datacenter in Boden

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KnC Miner to build 10 MW datacenter in Boden

Press Release, 2014-02-06

Global Bitcoin mining equipment company KnC Miner is currently in full progress setting up a
10 MW datacenter in The Node Pole region, near the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The operations are to be run from Boden – a town in close vicinity to Facebook’s European datacenter – in a facility previously used as a helicopter hangar for the Swedish armed forces. The datacenter is to be used for cloud services and for hosting of specialised Bitcoin mining hardware to a global client-base.

KnC Miner founded less than a year ago in Stockholm, Sweden, is a provider of hardware used in the mining of the digital currency Bitcoins. The company have US$ 75 million  in turnover since June. The company reportedly has customers in roughly 120 countries. In order to be able to provide to the rapidly growing market, KnC Miner-spokespeople now state that the company will expand their portfolio by providing large scale, cloud based hosting of mining services from large company owned datacenters located in Sweden.

-      We searched all over the world for a suitable place to build the first of many of our own mega datacenters, and to find the best location lying right here in our home country is fantastic. Our highly advanced technology consumes a lot of energy, so for us it was imminent to find a production site with access to renewable yet stable and safe energy, says Sam Cole one of the co-founders at KnC Miner. We have had an incredible amount of support from The Node Pole representatives, local companies and the government here in Boden.

The decision to settle in the far north of Sweden was based on the great conditions that the location provides for hosting businesses. The Node Pole region is well-renowned for its access to an abundance of stable and competitively priced electricity from renewable energy. The region also houses several technically advanced service providers in a facilitating business community, which has recently been strengthened further by Facebook’s establishment in the region

-       Given that our business is in the digital mining sector it is also particularly suiting for us to setup operations in a community rooted in crude material mining, and today characterised by its budding technology sector, ends Sam Cole.

KnC Miner commenced building the facility only five days ago, but expects it to be fully operational already within the next few months. There are around 30 people working around the clock with the setup in order to ensure no time is wasted. KnC are also already in discussions with local authorities regarding the establishment of even larger facilities in the local area already later this spring, which would then bring even more business to the local community.

For more information or comments, please contact:

Sam Cole, Co-founder KnC Miner
+46 73 43 306 15
sam@kncminer.com

Erik Lundström, CEO The Node Pole
+46 70 240 24 40
erik@thenodepole.com

About KnCMiner
KnCMiner, based in the tech hub that is Stockholm, Sweden. KnCMiner specialises in building leading edge Bitcoin ASIC Miners for a secure and distributed decentralised global Bitcoin network.

Combined with the prodigious talent housed at Sweden’s illustrious ORSoC IC engineering consultancy KnCMiner is on track to smash the world record for the time taken to develop and manufacture 28nm Application Specific Integrated Circuits. KnCMiner –  We Under Promise, We Over Deliver. Cryptocurrency Hardware for 21st Century Finance. Read more at www.kncminer.com

About The Node Pole
The Node Pole region encompasses the municipalities Luleå, Boden and Piteå in the very north of Sweden, just by the Arctic Circle. The region has the epithet The Node Pole due to its northern position and the ongoing process to become a global hub for data traffic.

The Node Pole holds perfect conditions to create customized construction solutions for high tech, electricity intensive construction such as data centers. In addition to having an extremely stable electricity infrastructure, The Node Pole region provides natural cooling and renewable hydro- and windpower with low energy costs. Sweden enjoys one of the lowest electricity pricings in Europe and The Node Pole region has the lowest electricity price in Sweden.

The area is also one of the most geologically, politically and socially stable areas in the world. Read more atwww.thenodepole.com.

CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory and Swerea MEFOS cooperates

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CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory and Swerea MEFOS cooperates

CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML) in Jamshedpur, India and Swerea MEFOS in Luleå, Sweden have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 12th of March 2013, concerning scientific and technological cooperation.

Both organizations are active in research and development of metallurgy in India and in Sweden, and both parties are important parts in the triple helix between academia, industry and institutes. CSIR-NML and Swerea MEFOS have defined six areas of common interest and will act as R&D partners regarding exchange, training and contracts for the other organization in their respective countries.

-“We are glad to cooperate with CSIR-NML in India. CSIR-NML is a strong partner with an important position in India. The metallurgical industry in India is already a back-bone in the Indian economy but will certainly become even more so within the coming years, says Göran Carlsson, CEO of Swerea MEFOS. CSIR-NML has a similar approach as Swerea MEFOS and I am certain the cooperation will benefit both our organizations.”

Dr. Srinivasan Srikanth, Director of CSIR-NML states: – “Swerea MEFOS is a well-known and highly reputed metallurgical research institute and the cooperation will constitute an important step for CSIR-NML’s support to Indian steel industry as well as pave the way for partnership in international projects. We appreciate Swerea MEFOS as a scientific partner and to exchange experiences for future growth.”

Kiruna in Swedish Lapland working with IDEAS

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Kiruna in Swedish Lapland working with IDEAS

Kiruna in Swedish Lapland together with Spaceport Sweden are proud to announce the partnering with IDEAS, a world leading innovation studio, for the development of a Space Visitor & Science Center in Kiruna, contributing to a world-class all year round destination.

The tourism industry is one of Sweden’s fastest growing industries where the national objective is to double the industry turnover, revenue, jobs and visitors until the year 2020. As part of this, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, on behalf of the Swedish Government, has identified Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, as one of five locations in Sweden with the potential to develop into sustainable and internationally competitive destination. Kiruna was selected much due to its rich space heritage and its pioneering efforts to establish space tourism and manned spaceflight as an emerging industry. As part of the project, a feasibility and concept study has now been initiated to develop a world-class attraction in a Space Visitor & Science Center in Kiruna.

Read the full article at the Kiruna Sustainable development blog

Beowulf Mining Has Right Address To Succeed

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Beowulf Mining’s (LON:BEM) iron ore and copper deposits in Sweden have the right address, argues broker Seymour Pierce, and the potential to expand significantly. The company’s Kallak and Ruoutevare magnetite iron ore projects in northern Sweden lie around 100km from the world’s largest underground iron ore mines, owned by the Swedish state iron company LKAB.

Rule changes needed for space tourism

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The company Spaceport Sweden is working to launch space tourism from Kiruna. But rule changes required in both the U.S. and Sweden. The company president is going to the United States to lobby for change.

Today the craft prevented from exporting due to ITAR regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulation.

-What has happened now is that we have moved satellites and related components from Itar-list to the Department of Commerce, and we will continue to lobby for the spacecraft also moved from the list, said Karin Nilsdotter, president of Spaceport Sweden.

Luleå University of Technology takes over Chemrec

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Luleå University of Technology is taking over the company Chemrec in Piteå and its gasification plant for green fuels.

According to the University, this deal means the start of extensive research into green fuels. -The agreement is an important step to accelerate our research on green fuels and it feels really good, says Johan Sterte, principal at Luleå University of Technology, in a statement.

Swedish hotel’s nearly invisible glass ‘tree rooms’

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Designed to blend into its surroundings so as not to ruin the view, Treehotel in Sweden is now making its glassed tree-top hotel room, Mirrorcube, available for mail order purchase.

Rule changes needed for space tourism

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The company Spaceport Sweden is working to launch space tourism from Kiruna. But rule changes required in both the U.S. and Sweden. The company president is going to the United States to lobby for change.

Today the craft prevented from exporting due to ITAR regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulation.

-What has happened now is that we have moved satellites and related components from Itar-list to the Department of Commerce, and we will continue to lobby for the spacecraft also moved from the list, said Karin Nilsdotter, president of Spaceport Sweden.

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Luleå University of Technology takes over Chemrec

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Luleå University of Technology is taking over the company Chemrec in Piteå and its gasification plant for green fuels.

According to the University, this deal means the start of extensive research into green fuels. -The agreement is an important step to accelerate our research on green fuels and it feels really good, says Johan Sterte, principal at Luleå University of Technology, in a statement.

Read more >>