Facebook’s Super Cold Data Center Now Operational

facebooklogo(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Facebook just got green in a place that’s probably used to seeing a lot of white: Luleå, Sweden, notably located not far from the Arctic Circle.

The social network provider on Wednesday noted it had brought its new data center online – a facility which will utilize the location’s chilly climate and winds to cool servers.

“As our systems come online for the first time, we are proud to say that this is likely to be one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world. All the equipment inside is powered by locally generated hydro-electric energy. Not only is it 100% renewable, but the supply is also so reliable that we have been able to reduce the number of backup generators required at the site by more than 70 percent,” stated the company via a blog post.

The data center will be used to handle traffic including user photos, videos, likes and comments.

Facebook based the data center’s design on the Open Compute Project, a company-backed initiative allowing providers to openly share more efficient energy designs.

The Luleå facility is Facebook’s first outside the United States. The company’s other data centers are maintained in U.S. states including North Carolina and Oregon.