Modular solution for underground data centre

Lefdal Mine data centre, Norway

Rittal has provided its top-of-the-range, preconfigured, modular and scalable infrastructure to the Lefdal Mine Datacentre (LMD). Situated next to a deep, cold fjord, on the west coast of Norway, the data centre has access to an ample supply of hydroelectric energy, and is aiming to be the greenest in Europe. The LMD is remarkably flexible in terms of available space and different technical solutions. The mountain halls have 16m-high ceilings and there is 120,000m² of net whitespace and 200-plus MW IT capacity, delivered in container solutions or in traditional white space. The data centre can therefore offer customers a ‘pay as you grow’ model, and removes any risk of paying for unnecessary capacity.

Jørn Skaane, CEO at Lefdal Mine Datacentre, says: “We can accommodate any current white space requirement. Plus, our facility structure includes containers of different shapes and sizes along with customised power density, temperature and humidity control, and operational equipment.”

In what has been dubbed ‘the fourth industrial revolution’, companies increasingly need access to flexible IT resources. To this end, Rittal’s standardised data centre designs and containers enable the implementation of flexible, scalable IT infrastructures within just six weeks.

“The Lefdal Mine Datacentre project demonstrates how easy it can be to establish a secure, efficient and cost-effective data centre in a very short time,” explains Dr Karl-Ulrich Köhler, CEO of Rittal International.

“Its high degree of standardisation combined with the location advantages of the western coast of Norway result in an excellent TCO analysis. Significant cost savings of up to 40% can be achieved compared to siting a Cloud datacentre, for example, in Germany.”

Details from the opening ceremony of LMD are available at this webcast:


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