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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Clonee plant to be operational within two years

Published 25/01/2016 | 02:30

The Facebook office will be powered entirely by wind energy Photo: AFP/Getty Images
The Facebook office will be powered entirely by wind energy Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Facebook's newest data centre in Co Meath, will be up and running within two years.

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The 31,000 sq m facility in Clonee - the second of its kind for the company in Europe - will be powered entirely by renewable energy, wind. Construction work is due to start within months and Facebook said the site would be packed with cutting-edge technology, making it one of the most advanced, efficient, and sustainable data centres in the world.

All the racks, servers, and other components have been designed and built from scratch as part of the Open Compute Project, an industry-wide coalition of companies dedicated to creating energy- and cost-efficient infrastructure solutions and sharing them as open source.

Ireland has been home to Facebook's international headquarters since 2009.

Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland, said he was excited about the investment.

"Like its predecessors, this project will generate hundreds of millions of euro in economic activity and support hundreds of jobs in the local community," he added.

Irish Independent

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