EWL starts construction on 4MW nuclear data center in Switzerland

It is nuke evidence, tsunami proof and chilled using renewable energy, what is not to enjoy?
Swiss energy and infrastructure supplier Energie Wasser Lucerne has started construction of a 4MW data center. The centre will pay for 1, 700 square meters of IT floor area, made of up of six galleries of 150 to 200 squares yards each.

 

Cold war relic

Once completed, EWL’s underground information center will house about 530 racks and be cooled by water from the neighboring Lake Lucerne. Waste heat from the centre will be utilized to warm neighboring homes.

In 1601, the cities surrounding Lake Lucerne were decimated by a landslide that fell into the lake, causing a tsunami. EWL state that the underground tribe may withstand a tide, based on their projections. The bunker was constructed from the 1960 following a Swiss national law which has been implemented to try and create sufficient nuclear fallout shelters to house the whole population of the country. The Lucerne shelter is a seven story deep cavern between two motorway tunnels which at one stage contained a control post, a crisis hospital, a radio studio, a phone center, jail cells and ventilation machines.

The shelter was designed to withstand the explosion of a nuclear explosion per megaton from one kilometer away. Around the exact same time that this bunker was being constructed, the US government invested billions in silos and rocket mines in planning for the whole war with the Soviet Union. Following the threat of receded, these sites have found a new life as information centers amid fresh security concerns. These hangovers from the cold war are dotted all around the world, European cloud and colocation expert DEAC run a data center of a disused Soviet bunker in Latvia. The company announced yesterday that it’s searching for a co owner/long term partner for a brand new data center being constructed in Riga, Latvia.

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