GreenSquareDC taps Schneider Electric as tech partner for high sustainability data centres

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GreenSquareDC, a data centre provider, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Schneider Electric to implement cutting-edge technology for their forthcoming highly sustainable data centres in the region. 

These state-of-the-art data centres are designed with innovation in mind, aiming to establish a new standard for sustainability in the industry, Schneider said in a news release. 

The partnership’s primary goal is to minimise the carbon footprint and maximise operational efficiency by focusing on four key criteria.

Given that data centres account for around four per cent of Australia’s annual energy consumption, GreenSquareDC said it recognised the importance of collaborating with a sustainability leader to transform data centre design. 

Joe Craparotta, vice president of Data Centres at Schneider Electric, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, saying, “This exciting new flagship project will allow us to collectively pave the way to a greener, more efficient data centre model.”

The upcoming data centre, named WAi1, will leverage Schneider Electric’s solutions to reduce its carbon footprint while optimising operational efficiency. 

WAi1 will meet and aim to exceed the high levels of resiliency, reliability, and uptime of traditional data centres. 

Moreover, it has been designed to establish a new industry sustainability benchmark, significantly reducing environmental impact, embodied carbon, power consumption, and water usage compared to similar data centres.

According to Schneider Electric, the data centre will also maintain a competitive Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over its lifecycle. 

It will be equipped to accommodate high-density AI and GPU-based computational needs, positioning it as an innovation hub for enterprises, partners, and customers.

Walt Coulston, founder and CEO of GreenSquareDC, underscored the natural fit between GreenSquareDC and Schneider Electric, stating, “This collaboration marks a significant step in the data centre industry, bringing the highest levels of sustainability and reliability at a time when it’s needed the most.”

Construction on WAi1 is scheduled to commence in early 2024, with the first stage expected to be completed in 2025.

GreenSquareDC plans to expand its sustainable, AI-enabled data centre offerings across Australia and the APAC region in the future.