Data centers

The basis

Built as holistic, ecological concept that ensures sustainable, flexible and secure operations tailored to our clients' needs.

The design

Defined around three key aspects: sustainability, modularity, flexibility, and redundancy.

AQ-OSL1

with 100% renewable energy* supply & 10 MW of power available at the plot, expandable to 40 MW.
*subject to clients needs

AQ-BCN1

with 100% renewable energy* supply & 50 MW of power available at the plot.
*subject to clients needs

We are on a journey to reduce our carbon footprint, with the goal of zero carbon in the future.

Our mission is to provide modular, carbon-neutral data center capacities across Europe – enabling our clients to reduce their carbon footprints. We offer our clients a unique value proposition: together with our parent company, Aquila Groupwe strive to make sure that for each megawatt of renewable energy used by our data centers, another megawatt of renewable energy will be generated and deployed. Thus, we will be able to offer decarbonised data center services to reduce the overall CO2 footprint of the data center and colocation industry.

Supplied with 100% renewable energy* (*subject to clients needs), our data centers will live up to the needs of hyperscalers, large enterprises and other organisations that require extensive computing capacity.

The design of the AQ Compute data centers is defined around four key aspects: sustainability, modularity, flexibility, and redundancy.

The first two data centers are located in Norway and Spainwith more to follow.

Our data center design

Sustainability

We are committed to incorporating sustainable building practices, promoting the use of low emission technologies, and collaborating with vendors who share our goal of achieving zero carbon emissions. By following these principles, we aim to minimize our environmental impact and contribute to a greener future.

In terms of sustainable building practices, we prioritise renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydrogen to power our data centers, the use of renewable materials, energy-efficient designs, and excess heat recovery strategies. We are constructing data centers that have a minimal carbon footprint throughout their lifecycle.

In addition, we are committed to collaborating with vendors who share our vision of achieving zero carbon goals. We carefully select suppliers and contractors who prioritise sustainable practices and offer products or services with reduced carbon footprints. By partnering with these vendors, we can collectively work towards a more sustainable supply chain and support the development and adoption of eco-friendly solutions.

 

Modularity

Modularity in a data center allows for progressive growth in capacity. Our power supply and cooling systems are fully modular, while the data hall is an open space that can be subdivided and expanded in various ways even while the data center remains operational.

Our data centers can be built as campuses

  • Made of separate buildings
  • Each tenant can have specific design requirements and operate it themselves if desired.

Or as dedicated buildings

  • Prepared for a built-to-suit deployment
  • Choosing virtually any location in Europe, fitting the clients’ needs

Flexibility

We offer the flexibility for our clients to choose between different data center sizes and whitespace areas for different computing needs and various tier levels. Our data centers will be designed for future technologies.
We also provide flexible and scalable deployment of IT-capacity. We implement the latest data centre technologies that align with the best industry standards, according to our client’s requirements.

 

Redundancy

Our data centers will be designed to reach the standards defined at Tier III level. However, we are able to offer different levels of redundancy to each client. To reduce the carbon footprint and energy dependency of our data centers, we are investigating alternatives to diesel generators, such as generators powered by synthetic biofuels or hydrogen fuel cells, or even large-scale battery storage systems. We are also looking into liquid cooling to reduce mechanical energy and increase free-cooling to further reduce the PUE and increase heat reuse efficiency.

“As part of Aquila Group, we aim to operate our facilities
with 100% renewable energy.
This gives us a competitive advantage and enables us to participate strongly in the dynamically evolving market for computing capacity
with a strong focus on sustainability.”

Henry Daunert, CEO, AQ Compute