Australian data center operator DC Two and its subsidiary crypto firm D Coin are developing “the first behind the grid data center in Australia powered primarily from renewable energy sources.”
The new facility is currently being built in the coal-mining town of Collie, which is 200 kilometer south of Perth, in Western Australia. The data center will be powered by a solar farm built by a company called Hadouken Pty. The facility will have specific hosting zones designed to support cryptocurrency mining as well as high redundancy zones for traditional IT workloads.
“By providing customised low cost hosting options specifically engineered for cryptocurrency and bitcoin mining at globally competitive rates, DC Two & D Coin have been able to attract the interest of both the local and international crypto mining community,” DC Two said. “This is very important for the state and the country as it enables us to provide another export product by hosting and supplying power to international customers in the Collie data center, who might have otherwise located their equipment overseas.”
DC Two expects that both the first stages of the data center and the solar farm – which will draw an expected power supply of up to 4 megawatts – will come online early next year. Once completed, the two installations are expected to service 256 IT racks wherein each rack is capable of delivering up to 30 kilowatts of IT load.
“In complete crypto mining configuration, using the initial 4MW power availability, the data center could mine about 650 bitcoins per annum worth around $6 million based on current mining and exchange rates,” DC Two said.
The DC Two facility is the second “behind-the-grid data center” proposed in Australia this year. In May, Australian startup IoT Blockchain signed a “conditional binding term sheet” with Australian mining hardware distributor Royalti Blockchain Group (RBG) to build a mining complex in a decommissioned power station – the Redbank power station in Hunter Valley, New South Wales. The deal is reported to be worth around $190 million AUD (142M USD).
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