Tidal turbine supplier SIMEC Atlantis announced on 9 September its ambition to build a tidal-powered data centre in the Caithness region of Scotland.
The data centre, which is expected to start operating in 2024, would be powered via a private network arrangement from the nearby MeyGen project – currently the largest planned tidal stream project in the world.
The MeyGen project, through its connection to the data centre, could benefit from a premium to wholesale power prices that are achieved when dispatching output via the National Grid. The private wire connection is also intended to provide an alternative pathway to construction of the next large phase of the project.
The data centre could connect to the central belt using domestic terrestrial networks, significantly improving data and connectivity resilience. It is expected that the data centre would also be connected to multiple international subsea fibre optic cables, offering a fast and reliable connection to London, Europe and the USA.