Google invests $3 billion in European data centre expansion

It comes along with its latest landmark funding pumped into green energy

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Google's CEO Sundar Pichai announced today that the company will be investing a further three billion euros (2,642,906,834) into European data centres over the next two years.

This additional investment brings Google's total investment in European digital infrastructure to 15 billion euros (13,212,675,000) since 2007 - an endeavour which has supported 13,000 jobs, according to a Copenhagen Economics study.

In addition, a further 600 million euros (528,393,000) will be pumped into the expansion of its data centre operations in Hamina, Finland - which it originally bought in 2009 and transformed it from an old paper mill to a high-tech facility which supports 4,300 jobs.

"The Nordic countries are great examples of how the internet can help drive economic growth," said Pichai. "Our Hamina data centre is a significant driver of economic growth and opportunity. It also serves as a model of sustainability and energy efficiency for all of our data centres."

The Hamina facility is situated near to the Russian border and uses seawater taken from the Gulf of Finland to reduce the amount of energy required to cool the hardware.

Google announced yesterday that it has continued on its commitment to using as much green energy as possible by completing the largest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.

"These deals will increase our worldwide portfolio of wind and solar agreements by more than 40 percent, to 5,500 MW--equivalent to the capacity of a million solar rooftops," said Pichai. "Once all these projects come online, our carbon-free energy portfolio will produce more electricity than places like Washington D.C. or entire countries like Lithuania or Uruguay use each year."

Currently, Google's other European data centres are located in the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium, but last year it announced plans to build an entirely carbon-neutral data centre in Denmark, adding to its European data centre portfolio and bolstering its green energy drive.

The tech giant plans to invest $700 million (616,769,017) into the new green site in Frederica, Denmark and use machine learning to ensure ever watt is used effectively.

Europe is somewhat of a hotbed for data centres, particularly for Google's in Scandinavia which can operate using better energy efficiency than other locations around the world.

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