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Google Invests $1 Billion in UK Data Centre to Meet AI and Cloud Demand

Internet giant, Google, has announced plans to invest $1 billion in a new data centre located in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. The 33-acre site will provide much-needed compute capacity for businesses, supporting Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation and ensuring reliable digital services for Google Cloud customers and general consumers relying on products such as Search, Maps, and YouTube.

Ruth Porat, Alphabet’s President and Chief Financial Officer

Ruth Porat, Alphabet’s president and chief financial officer, described the data centre as “our latest investment in the UK and the wider digital economy”. She added that it builds upon previous investments like Saint Giles office space, a multi-year research deal with Cambridge University, and connecting the UK with the US and Spain.

Environmental Commitment

As a pioneer in computing infrastructure, Google has committed to powering its data centres entirely on carbon-free energy by 2030. Last year, the company signed a deal for offshore wind energy from Scotland’s Moray West farm which will provide 100MW of energy and put UK operations on track for 90% clean energy by 2025.

Heat Recovery and Sustainable Systems

The new data centre will recover heat for local homes and businesses while also deploying an air-cooling system. This innovative design aligns with Google’s commitment to sustainability.

Further Investment in the UK

Ruth Porat called the new data centre “the latest in a series of investments that support Brits and the wider economy”, evidence of Google’s continued commitment to the UK. Other significant investments include $1 billion for its Central Saint Giles office space, developing the one million sq ft King’s Cross campus, and an Accessibility Discovery Centre spurring accessible technology.

Digital Skills Training and AI Expansion

Beyond offices, data centres, and subsea cables, Google has also provided digital skills training for over a million Brits and expanded its AI-focused Digital Garage curriculum to capitalize on the increasing demand for technology.

Competition with Microsoft

Google’s announcement follows Microsoft confirming a £2.5 billion data centre in the UK last November after overcoming regulatory hurdles for its £55 billion Activision Blizzard acquisition.

UK as a Tech Hub

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt highlighted the UK’s position as the tech hub of Europe, with an ecosystem worth more than that of Germany and France combined. He emphasized the investment as another vote of confidence in the country as a science superpower.

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