Microsoft announces plans for highly sustainable datacenters in Sweden

Microsoft has announced the intent for their future datacenters in Gävle and Sandviken, north of Stockholm, to be among the most sustainably designed and operated to date.

Viewed as a highly sustainable country, Sweden has made strong commitments to reduce environmental impact and the government is pursuing a progressive Fossil Free Sweden initiative. Microsoft is similarly committed to sustainability, and with the development of new world-class datacenters in Sweden, intends to create some of their most advanced and sustainable to date based on their design, power from 100 percent renewable energy sources, and plans for zero-waste operations.

Node Pole has been supporting the new establishment from an early stage:

“We are proud to work with Microsoft on this project. We are committed to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint and we offer a fast track to these opportunities in Sweden. It is encouraging to be part of Microsoft’s ambitious work to develop world-class sustainable datacenters”, says Patrik Öhlund, CEO Node Pole.

Brian Marrs, Director, Energy Markets, Cloud Operations & Innovation, Microsoft says:

“As we’ve strived to responsibly develop new cloud infrastructure, our collaboration with Node Pole has benefited from their expertise in real estate, power infrastructure, renewable energy and planning policy to navigate site selection in Sweden.”

Earlier today, Microsoft elaborated on their plans for their new datacenters in Sweden:

“We intend for our datacenters in Sweden to be among the most sustainably designed and operated in the world with the ultimate ambition of achieving zero-carbon operations. The datacenter design we’re developing will further Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future”, says Noelle Walsh, CVP, Cloud Operations & Innovation, Microsoft Corp.

Node Pole has been providing services including power assessment, and other advisory services in close collaboration with the R&D team in Vattenfall (one of Node Pole’s main owners) to enable high quality and early access to new innovative solutions. The location of Gävle/Sandviken has been consciously selected to ensure superior access to Sweden’s ample resources of renewable energy production through a strong and reliable grid.