Google: St Ghislain Data Center

Rue Louis Caty 5, 7331 Saint-Ghislain, Belgium
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Nearest Airport40.4 mi
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In April 2007, we announced that we would invest €250 million in building an energy-efficient data center near the towns of St. Ghislain and Mons in Belgium. The facility, which became fully operational in September 2010, now serves Google users across Europe and around the world. It was the first Google data center worldwide to run entirely without refrigeration, using instead an advanced evaporative cooling system that draws grey water from a nearby industrial canal. This helps keep our computers running at their highest efficiency and reduces overall energy use. In 2013, we announced an additional investment of €300 million to build a second phase of our energy-efficient datacenter and meet growing European and global demand for our services. This expansion was completed in 2015. St. Ghislain has the right combination of energy infrastructure and developable land. The local authorities also have a strong vision for how the Internet can bring economic benefits and jobs to the area. The Digital Innovation Valley project has created a cluster of high-tech businesses and put technology at the heart of the education system. As a result, we had a great team of people supporting investment in the area who were very helpful during our site selection process.

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