Google’s New Green Data Center Site, Austria

DataCenterKnowledge has a post about Google’s new data center in Austria with abundant hydroelectric (green) energy nearby.

Google Confirms New Data Center in Austria

November 21st, 2008 : Rich Miller

Google will build a new data center on this parcel of framland near Kronstruf, Austria.

Google will build a new data center on this parcel of farmland near Kronstorf, Austria.

Google today confirmed that it plans to build a data center in Kronstorf, Austria, where it has purchased 185 acres of farmland for the project. The project has been in the works since May, when news of Google’s site location scouting trips in Austria was published on Twitter by Kronstorf residents.

Here is the Green Energy part.

The land for the new data center is near several hydro-electric power plants on the river Enns, which would satisfy Google’s requirement for the use of renewable energy sources in its facilities.

But, I also found it interesting this site only has 100 people as Google has had up to 200 for many facilities in the US.

Kronstorf also is close to major universities in Linz, Steyr and Hagenberg, which could supply a trained IT workforce. The project is expected to create 100 jobs.