Data Centre Industry Update – 27th October 2021 - AA Euro Group Ltd.

Data Centre Industry Update – 27th October 2021

Data Centre Industry Update – 27th October 2021

Globally, we are seeing a huge increase in the level of data centre activity. This surge is largely brought about by remote working and other measures as a result of COVID-19. This is a turning point for work-management structures and the industry as a whole.

This seismic growth in online activity has created jobs in tech, engineering, construction, and more as a result. Our previous update discussed the connection of Irish data centres culminating in 70% usage of Ireland’s electricity grid, Eamon Ryan highlighting the tightness of Ireland’s electricity supply over the next 3/4 years, and the Social Democrats have called for a moratorium on new data facilities in Ireland.

Here are this edition’s updates:

  • The motion for a data centre moratorium has been brought in front of the Dáil by the Social Democrats until a whole-of-Government strategy is devised.
  • Ireland may need to restrict access for future data facilities to the electricity grid as the Irish grid continues to be put under further strain.
  • Data centres will be the first called upon to reduce energy usage should a state of emergency be announced according to EirGrid CEO, Mark Foley.
  • Electricity demand is expected to soar by up to a staggering 43% in the next decade as data facilities continue to increase demand on electricity supply.
  • Social media giant Facebook has purchased a large plot of land in Esbjerg, Denmark with plans in place for the construction of a major data centre.

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