Facebook announced that the social network will locate its new data center in The Node Pole. The data center will be Facebook’s third, and the first one outside the US. It will also be the northernmost data center of its size in the world.
The plant located 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the Arctic Cicle is Facebook’s first outside the US and is aimed at improving the performance for European users of the social networking site. Facebook confirmed it had picked the northern Swedish city of Lulea for the data centre partly because of the cold climate, which is crucial for keeping the servers cool, and the access to renewable energy from nearby hydropower facilities.
The climate-cooled farm will suck enough electricity to power up to 40,000 American homes.
Lulea lies near hydropower stations on a river that generates twice as much electricity as the Hoover Dam on the border of Nevada and Arizona, Facebook said.