Datacenter

Göteborg Energi – New sustainable datacenter in Gothenburg

Assignment

The demand for physical premises in which to house servers and other equipment is increasingly sharply in Gothenburg. Operators’ customers have a pressing need to be able to use strategic nodes in the form of datacenters in order to develop robust data communication and gain access to Göteborg Energi’s fibre infrastructure. With this in mind, Göteborg Energi constructed a modular datacenter during the spring, which was completed in the summer of 2018. Göteborg Energi is an independent, neutral city fibre network which works towards a sustainable Gothenburg.

The strategic choice of modular construction allows the datacenter to be seamlessly extended in line with customers’ increasing requirements and demand for output. The datacenter infrastructure’s flexibility in terms of connectivity, power and cooling supply enables it to dock with additional server centre modules. This ensures it is ready, whether the module is intended for traditional servers or OCP technology. Renewable energy is used without exception, and the heat generated can be recycled in Göteborg Energi’s district heating network. A fully deployed datacenter can generate around four gigawatt hours of thermal energy, which is sufficient to heat 200 houses.

“For a little over 20 years, I’ve been lucky enough to design and deliver datacenters to both large and mid-sized customers. What all these projects have in common is that following a long process of identifying needs, there is always a rush to get the new datacenter up and running. By prefabricating a datacenter in a controlled, efficient factory environment, with groundwork and other infrastructural work taking place on site, a modular project can become operational more quickly than its equivalent build on site,” says Pär Åberg, Chief Sales Officer at Swedish Modules.

Modular and on-site construction differ in terms of the technique used and the substantially shorter construction period, as opposed to their function or requirements. The same regulations covering on-site projects apply to modular construction.

This flexibility also enables investment to be made in line with the increase in demand, as more customers move into the datacenter. In addition, the time spent on site is kept to a minimum during expansion, which means increased security for existing customers based in the facility.

“We are extremely proud to have been part of the overall project involving Göteborg Energi’s innovative and modern datacenter. Göteborg Energi’s success in combining excellent availability for IT operation with a green, sustainable facility dovetails perfectly with our core values to make a difference for society as well as individuals. IT is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, and collaboration is crucial to ensure datacenters are to be an asset for the environment, rather than a burden. The project with Göteborg Energi is an excellent example of this type of value-creating collaboration,” he adds.

Security and logistics top priority

When the modules are assembled on site, safety is naturally the highest priority, along with logistics, to ensure that transport to and from the site takes place unimpeded. We are extremely pleased that, thanks to good planning and collaboration, transport to and from the site took place without any delays. Due to the size of the modules, which in this case spanned 5.5 metres in width and 16 metres in length, transportation took place during the night in order not to affect the Gothenburg traffic.

Facts

Name

Backa Datacenter

Built

2018

Building

Modular construction (MDC). Planned total datacenter area spanning around 500 m2, divided into a number of data rooms. Each customer module spans around 90 m2.

Fire safety

EI60 fire-rated walls, smoke detectors, a direct link to the emergency services and automatic gas-based fire suppression systems equipped with aspirating smoke and fire detector systems. Fire alarm in accordance with SBF 110:7

Air conditioning system

The cooling facility comprises two separate cooling systems developed to supply cooling in an economic, reliable and environmentally sustainable way.

Power supply

The datacenter’s power supply is designed to ensure maximum availability. A+B power with UPS N+1 with Lithium batteries and reserve generator.

Security

Perimeter protection in accordance with SSF 200:3, access control system, intrusion alarm system in accordance with SSF 130:6, alarm class 3, camera surveillance, CCTV.

Connectivity

Access to Göteborg Energi’s fibre infrastructure with redundant fibre connections and a range of operators for interconnect.

PTS operational reliability requirements

Backa Datacenter complies with PTS requirements in order to be used for assets under class A.

Environment

The facility utilises renewable Good Environmental Choice eco-labelled energy, which encompasses hydropower, biofuel, wind power and solar energy compliant with Swedish Society for Nature Conservation requirements.

Other information

Delivery time

The construction time for the two initial modules was around eight weeks. The modules were transported by road from Emtunga to Gothenburg where they were assembled on site in a day, with the subsequent installation work taking a further two weeks. As construction took place, the turn-key contractor was engaged with groundwork, with further installations carried out in addition to the modules themselves. Total construction time, from order to operational facility, was around six months.

Frame

Welded steel structure.

Dimensions (modules)

L: 16,000 mm, W: 5,500 mm, H: 3,900 mm
Steel weight: around 16 tonnes
Final weight including interior fittings: around 27 tonnes