Swedish developer of climate-positive data centres EcoDataCentre is teaming up with Nordic real estate owner and fund manager Areim to step up its focus on carbon-positive and climate-adjusted data centres.
EcoDataCenter is currently finishing the construction of the world’s first carbon-positive data centre in Falun, Sweden, and both companies see a tremendous potential for the concept.
“The dramatic rise in demand for data processing requires enormous amounts of energy and Sweden has a unique potential to build an industry around cost-efficient and green data processing,” said Lars Thunell, chairman of EcoDataCenter’s Board of Directors.
EcoDataCenter and Areim recently signed an agreement for a joint investment in data centres. As part of this agreement, Areim’s III real estate fund has bought into EcoDataCenter to become principal owner by subscribing to a directed share issue of SEK 200 million (USD 22m; EUR 19.4m). Areim is a Nordic property owner and manages, via its funds, capital on behalf of both Swedish institutions and some of the world’s largest institutional investors.
Aims to consolidate market
“Together with Areim, EcoDataCenter can create a distinct environmentally profiled and qualitative Nordic alternative for major international players interested in establishing operations in the Nordic countries,” added Thunell.
“This also provides us with the financial muscle to acquire existing data centres from other large companies to consolidate the Nordic market and expand our concept with carbon dioxide positive data centres.”
“The collaboration with EcoDataCenter means we are entering a rapidly expanding industry with substantial future potential, and our shared expertise will enable us to create a new investment segment in the Swedish real estate market,” said Areim’s founder Leif Andersson.
Significant cost advantages
Data centres consume large amounts of energy and therefore produce substantial environmental emissions, not least carbon dioxide. EcoDataCenter’s data centres are designed and built to produce a minimum of carbon dioxide emissions, leading to greater efficiency and lower costs.
“Our concept provides us with far lower investment and operating costs and means we can offer highly competitive pricing,” said Lars Schedin, CEO of EcoDataCenter.
“From the outset, our concept is very attractive in a world that must transition to much more sustainable energy use, but the major cost advantages give us an additional competitive edge in the market."