Dubai’s Moro Hub Data Center is in the Guinness Book of Records. According to DataCenter Dynamics, the 100-MW facility is located on the site of a solar power plant owned by DEWA, the city’s energy and water authority. Today it is the largest data center in the world, completely powered by solar energy, but only in terms of the area of the object – 16,031 m2.
According to the head of DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the work on the largest “green” data center in the Middle East confirms Dubai’s intention to comply with the requirements of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050, under which by 2050 100% of the energy in the city must come from clean energy sources, and another plan calls for a 30% reduction in water and electricity consumption by 2030.
The Tier III data center is designed to be used by hyperscalers looking to build their own capacity in Dubai and is the company’s second solar-only data center. The first was a facility in Dubai, put into operation in October 2020, but its area is only 3,402 m2, and its capacity is 8.8 MW. It is noteworthy that the construction is entrusted to Huawei, which is under the weight of numerous Western sanctions. The construction of the new data center began in December 2021. True, it has not yet been specified whether the new campus is completely ready to receive clients.
The operator is a subsidiary of the Digital DEWA branch – Moro Hub. The data center is part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Moro Hub facility appears to be the first data center to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the largest solar-powered data center, but only in terms of area, without taking into account most other parameters. Therefore, it is possible that soon it may have strong competitors – “green” solutions are increasingly in demand in the world, not least in the data center market.
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