Web hosting company 1&1 has revealed plans to convert a former nuclear waste site into a huge datacenter, powered entirely by renewable energy.
The company, which manages a total of more than 10 million domain names, plans to squeeze 100,000 servers into the 10,000 sq metre facility in Hanau, Germany.
The story goes that the site, originally built to process waste from the nuclear industry, was never used for its intended purpose and has remained vacant ever since. Now it’ll be used to increase 1&1′s server count nearly 300% and act as a leading example of how to turn a derelict space into an innovative example of green technology in action.
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Andrew is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in sustainability and green issues. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.