World's Greenest Data Center to Open
Green Mountain Data Centre ‘Greenest Data Centre in the World’ signs anchor tenant and starts multi million pound construction that could reduce IT Carbon footprint by 76000 Tons CO2 pa compared with UK or US facility
Following many months of negotiation Green Mountain Data Centre have signed a hosting agreement with a major Nordic IT Company.
The 21000 sq m Colocation Data Centre is now being fitted out in multi million dollar investment in a former high security underground NATO facility. Investment is privately funded by the Smedvig family.
Negotiations with the anchor tenant extended over several months because they embrace complex design and commercial elements. ‘For Green Mountain this is a key moment as we view this as market acceptance of our data centre’ said Knut Moulag CEO of Green Mountain ‘We were selected because of the high security of the facility, its low operational costs and its ‘green’ credentials. We can not publish the name of the customer, only state that it is a major Nordic IT operator’. The facility will be fully operational in Q1 of next year.
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‘We are in negotiations with several other local companies but as it will be one of the largest facilities of its type in the Nordics and ‘the Greenest Data Centre in the World’ we also wish to attract large environmentally aware multi nationals to the data centre who wish to lower their operating costs and carbon emissions, good connectivity enables us to do that’ Knut added.
Cost of power in Norway is some 40% less expensive than in the UK [and can be fixed long term] which dramatically reduces operational expenditure because it is such a large proportion of the cost of running a data centre. It is also hydro generated so has no carbon emissions. There are no CRC charges or Offsets to pay in this region. Savings in carbon when the 20 megawatt facility is fully operation will be in the region of 76000 Tons CO2 pa compared to UK.
The data centre will provide wholesale space with Tier lll infrastructure as well as space allocated for container solutions. The heat from the servers is removed using the cool water [8 deg C/46deg F] which is available year round from the nearby fjord, it is passed through a heat exchanger, further reducing the power bills, another sophisticated solution that contributes to it being ‘The Greenest Data Centre in the World’.
Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process
Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.
Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.
The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content.
In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.
Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.
"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president.
“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.
"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.
Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.
Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.
A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.
The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.