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Establishing and developing data centres in the Netherlands

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Threats as well as opportunities

The digital lead enjoyed in the Netherlands for the establishment and development of data centres is under threat. The exponential rise in digital traffic means that further growth in the number of data centres is both necessary and inevitable. However, the looming shortfall in transport capacity on the power distribution network, the high power consumption of data centres and the impact on the landscape of 'boxy' buildings all pose threats to the establishment and expansion of data centres in this country. Fortunately, there are opportunities for retaining the Netherlands’ lead, including new ways of working for network operators on the electricity network (for instance through active congestion management), possibilities for making data centres more sustainable (for instance through the useful application of residual heat) and greater attention to how data centres are set into the landscape.

Read our article here.