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Computer science academics in Iceland are putting forward the case for more data centres to be built in the country.
They argue that there are strong reasons for big internet companies such as the likes of Google and Facebook to store their data in Iceland, due to benefits provided by the country’s unique geography.
There are two key problems associated with large data centres – the fact they need to be kept cool and the large amounts of energy they consume.
Iceland’s existing data centre has solved both these problems. It has openings in the walls to allow cold air from outside to come in, and uses cheap renewable energy generated by the island’s geothermal and hydroelectric energy sources.