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Iceland Takes Hard Look at Tech Boom Sparked by Its Cheap, Bountiful Power

it provide two things the computers that run world’s economy need in seemingly endless supply: cooling and electricity. However, the voracious electricity demand of Iceland’s proliferating data centers is testing the island nation’s environmental ethos. Iceland’s government is now considering ways to slow the rise of data centers in the country by reviewing its rulebook for adding new power plants. Many lawmakers say they worry the tech boom is putting Iceland’s pristine nature at risk. Iceland’s big competitive advantage is its 100% emissions-free power, which comes exclusively from hydroelectric dams and geothermal wells. Its relatively consistent, cool temperatures are also just right for data centers to use free-air cooling. Data centers are already contributing hundreds of millions of dollars per year into Iceland’s economy and creating almost 1,000 jobs. - Cetusnews -

 

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