Data Centre Industry Update – 29th September 2021 - AA Euro Group Ltd.

Data Centre Industry Update – 29th September 2021


Data Centre Industry Update – 29th September 2021

Globally, we are seeing a huge increase in the level of data centre activity. This surge is largely brought about by remote working 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 An Bord Pleanala’s decision to give the go-ahead for EngineNode’s new data centre in Co. Meath, growing constraints on the Irish electricity grid due to increasing data facility demands, and ITRenew set to create 40 new jobs as a new facility is primed to open in Co. Louth.

Here are this edition’s updates:

  • The heat from the Amazon data centre in Tallaght is to be used to help to heat local homes as Dubliners have been given a chance to inspect the progress of Tallaght’s pilot District Heating Scheme.
  • A High Court challenge has been brought against a decision to extend the life of the planning permission granted which allows tech giant Apple to build a data centre in Athenry, Co Galway.
  • As the country continues to brace itself for potential “rolling blackouts“, data facility operators in Ireland believe the warnings are overestimated which is creating a negative profile for the operators.
  • Donegal-based E&I Engineering Group has been bought for $2bn (€1.69bn) by US infrastructure company Vertiv, which provide infrastructure, products, and services for the data centre industry.
  • Keppel DC REIT has acquired a property located at the De Hurk business in Eindhoven from a fund affiliated with MCAP Global Finance UK with two data centre buildings in the Netherlands for €37.2m.

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