• Facebook’s Niall McEntegart, EMEA DataCentre Site Operations Director to deliver Keynote address on the 20 November
  • Delivering the keynote address on the 21 November Minister Pat Breen

Providing Data Centres with a reliable supply of on-site generated electricity

The dynamics of energy are changing, creating new opportunities for businesses, organisations and communities everywhere to generate their own power supply. When you make and manage your own energy, your costs are predictable, you have a direct impact on your sustainability and you’re
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Photo caption: Pictured here is Justin Treacy, Director, RKD presenting the Fit Out Contractor of the Year award to Ardmac team; l-r Cormac Smyth, Stephen Cooney, Lisa Jennings, Alan Coakley, and Sarah McDonnell.

Construction Specialists win ‘Fit Out Contractor of the Year’ at gala event hosted in Convention Centre Dublin

Ardmac, the leading international construction specialist based in Swords Business Campus, Co Dublin, won a major award at the 2018 Fit Out Awards. The company was crowned ‘Fit Out Contractor of the Year’ at the recent awards ceremony, which took place in the Convention Centre Dublin and was attended by over 900 people from the construction industry.

Ardmac employs over 300 people based across Dublin, Manchester, Craigavon and Brussels and provides specialist construction services to the commercial fit out, life sciences and Data Centre sectors.

Sarah McDonnell, newly appointed Head of Interiors at Ardmac, said; “We are delighted to achieve this significant award at the Fit Out Awards this year. This award is a testament to our hard working and committed teams, and their dedication to each project, producing best in class work for our clients.”

Launched in 2012, the Fit Out Awards celebrate excellence in the execution of world-class fit outs, and the people and clients who drive these excellent projects. Each year, the awards have grown in scale and companies from all over Ireland come together, while also supporting the development of key fit-out skills and promoting best practice to help the sector grow in the years to come.


In the photo are (left to right): Mark Coatsworth – Pre-Construction Manager, Leo Tinnelly – British Standards Authority, Eamon Booth – Managing Director and Jason Rymer – BIM Manager

John Paul Construction are delighted to have achieved Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 Certification for Design and Construction from the British Standards Institution (BSI). The BSI BIM level 2 certification is highly sought after in Ireland and the UK and is the premier kitemark in the construction industry. This demonstrates that our BIM management systems are fully aligned with recognised international standards and we have the ability to deliver BIM projects to the highest level in the construction industry.

The use of BIM has been widely adopted on our projects across all sectors including data centres, pharmaceutical, office, residential and hospital projects. BIM facilitates an enriched environment for collaboration with all project stakeholders, drives efficiency through time and waste reduction, resulting in cost savings and improved quality. By continuing to embrace the use of technology and innovation throughout the business we are constantly developing new ways to improve the level of service and value we provide to our Client base.

The delegation will be promoting Northern Ireland’s expert services for the data centre industry, as well as the region’s investment proposition.

Northern Ireland has well-established construction and engineering sectors, driven by a unique set of skills and expertise, with a focus on innovation and internationalisation.  It has a strong supply chain of companies offering technology solutions for the data centre sector.  This includes gas and diesel generators, energy storage solutions (including battery, solar and bio-energy power supplies), energy management and energy trading, control panel manufacture, cable terminations, HVAC and fire protection systems.

As a location, Northern Ireland also offers an excellent proposition for international investors – including an exceptionally skilled workforce, highly competitive operating costs, a superb infrastructure and excellent support packages. For data centre investment, there are a number of large sites available that are investment ready with outline planning permission.  International companies operating in Northern Ireland include 5NINES, Allstate, Citi, Fujitsu, WhiteHat Security. A testament to the region’s compelling proposition is the facts that almost 75% of our investors go onto reinvest.

Invest NI is the region’s economic development agency and works in an ongoing partnership with businesses offering advice and financial assistance in order to develop and expand the business and to improve capability and international competitiveness.

To learn more about what Northern Ireland can do for your business, visit the Northern Ireland stand – no. 237 or go to

Data Centres Ireland, 20-21 November 2018

Northern Ireland Delegation

3T Power Ltd

Licenced energy supply company operating within ISEM and project development:

  • Provision of bespoke corporate PPA’s
  • Renewable energy supply
  • Grid connection
  • Land Development and Site Acquisition

Extensive track record in renewable energy project development, private wire agreements, grid connections and load management.

5NINES Global

5NINES own and operate data centres around the world, including Northern Ireland’s largest data centre. They offer colocation services from ¼ rack to a whole data hall and can accommodate wholesale customer powered shell requirements. This modern, efficient and secure facility is built to a highly resilient concurrently maintainable standard. It is a carrier neutral facility that is located adjacent to and is directly connected to the GTT North (Project Kelvin) low latency transatlantic fibre landing station giving the fastest connectivity to North America of any UK data centre.

AJ Power Ltd

Based at a modern facility in Northern Ireland the company produces diesel fuelled electric power generating sets from 10kVA to 3350kVA, for use in hospitals, banks, data centres, supermarkets and hotels, as well as for industrial, construction, events, utilities, telecommunications, rental and

residential applications, offering volume production with short delivery times. Since its inception in 2003, the company has maintained continuous growth, with products now distributed in over 80 countries worldwide.

Atlantic Hub

Atlantic Hub Data Centre Campus is located at Foyle Port, Derry and Letterkenny Technology Park, Donegal. A total of 230MW of power capacity on twin Data Centre sites in Donegal and Derry extending to 80 acres, offers exceptional opportunities for fully resilient data hosting together with the fastest connectivity available between Europe and North America. Both campus locations in Donegal and Derry offer ultra-low operational costs with ideal environmental conditions. With Data centre locations only 35 km apart, Atlantic Hub offers a flexible design approach to permit the positioning of multiple buildings and dedicated Data Centre Compounds with the option of ‘availability zoning’ between UK and EU.

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Established in 1847, Belfast Harbour is Belfast’s port authority and landowner of a 2,000 acre estate; representing 20% of the land area of Belfast City. The harbour estate is a major logistics and distribution hub and home to many large businesses including Warner Brothers, Baker McKenzie, Allen & Overy, Harland & Wolff, Capita, CitiGroup, Catalyst Inc (Formerly NI Science Park), Stena Line & Bombardier. Belfast Harbour have a committed investment pipeline of £132m in infrastructure and real estate projects, targeting regeneration and driving growth in the wider local economy.

Camlin Power Ltd

The Camlin Group operates with the vision of bringing revolutionary products to life for a wide range of industries, including Power, Rail, Photonics, Health and Security. The product range is extensive and diverse and is being continually enhanced by both in-house development and acquisition. The combination of the different business areas, together with the wide range of geographical markets in which the companies operate, underpins the success and continuous growth of Camlin. The Camlin operation currently spans over 20 countries around the globe, with a combination of engineering design, research and development and support locations worldwide.


Continu is an ambitious and growing company which provides a complete solution for backup power requirements and energy storage for the I.T. sector across many markets from Health to Government and Agri-food. Their customers benefit from working with a single specialised and impartial supplier offering expert advice from data centre design through to after sales support. Continu are the Ireland partner to industry leaders in backup power, battery storage and battery monitoring systems, including APC, Riello, Powershield, Schneider Electric and NEC.

Edina Group

Edina is a leading supplier, installer and maintenance provider for combined heat and power (CHP), gas, and diesel power generation solutions. They are the official distributor in Ireland and the UK for market-leading MWM gas engine technology and have achieved over 500MW of electrical installed gas capacity across Ireland and the UK. Our in-house production facility based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, manufactures bespoke control panel systems and containerised generating units that are designed to expedite site installation, provide low maintenance cost and ensure maximum plant availability.

GES Group

Established in 1972 GES Group are an award-winning electrical and mechanical engineering company, serving customers throughout Ireland, the UK, and Europe. Traditionally electric motor rewind specialists, GES Group have developed an extensive product and service portfolio as a market leader, to provide a holistic solution for their customers. GES Group proudly work for 90% of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 Businesses, with a 97% customer satisfaction rate, and export to over 18 countries worldwide. “We are GES Group – Building Powerful Partnerships.”

JJ Loughran

JJ Loughran offer a synergy of manufacturing, product supply, installation, maintenance and repair services, both in house and on site. They have extensive experience working in Irish Data Centres.

Key areas of expertise includes:

  • Electric motor sales and install
  • Electric motor and electric fan in house and onsite repair and maintenance
  • Onsite in situ bearing changes and maintenance to electric motors and axial fans
  • Variable speed drive sales and install
  • Ventilation equipment sales and install
  • Industrial Electrical Installation’s & Controls

John J Doyle Ltd

Celebrating 90 years in business, John J Doyle Ltd is Ireland and the UK’s chimney & flue experts. A third-generation family business based in Belfast, they are committed to provide premier quality, innovation and integrity to each project – from large to small. With vast experience and a strict adherence to core family values, there is no chimney problem we have not seen and solved. Some of the largest data centres in Europe including Ireland, Finland and Holland have been designed, supplied and installed by John J Doyle Ltd.

Kane Engineering

Kane Engineering has almost 50 years’ experience in the design & manufacture of LV switchgear. Based in Newtownards, Co. Down, the 35-strong team design, engineer, & manufacture Low Voltage switchboards for (1) the building services sector, (2) generator manufacturers, and (3) data centre operators, throughout the UK & Ireland, and internationally. Their mission is to be ‘Your Expert Partner in electrical switchgear’, a mission they reliably achieve for their customers by applying extensive technical skills & experience – together with commercial acumen and key partnerships with industry suppliers – to deliver high-quality switchgear products, on time, and on budget.

MJM Renewables (MJM Group)

MJM Renewables, owned by the McConville family, purchased the former Shackleton Barracks in Ballykelly, Limavady, N.I. in 2016. The 620+ acre site is currently undergoing a master planning exercise with the model to include a hyperscale datacentre. The community consultation has been completed and the project has been submitted for outline planning permission. The Data centre is currently being considered by Causeway Coast and Glens Council.

Scott’s Electrical Services Ltd

Scott’s Electrical Services Ltd was established in 2007 with a heritage that goes back over 100 years. Operating mainly in the Water and Power Utilities Sectors, the Company has developed over the last few years to capitalise on changes in the Electricity Market. These changes have highlighted a need for Battery Energy Storage Systems in order to maximise the investment made in renewable energy through providing additional capacity and fast frequency response. Scott’s has been at the forefront of this as the Balance of Plant Contractor for Fluence Energy for a 10MW system at Kilroot Power Station in Northern Ireland and 60MW at 3 locations in England.


In my role as head of data centre optimisation at Vertiv I visit a lot of data centres. Not the stunning designed and technical marvels of Facebook, Google, AWS or Microsoft. No, I spend my time in facilities that were the cutting edge of the industry 20 or more years go. I’m not complaining. I love it!

I find some pretty interesting things in data centres (see above) but this past 12 months the craziest thing I have found are low temperatures. I’m not talking about “it’s nice and cool in here” kind of temperatures. I’m talking “we can keep penguins in here kind of temperatures”

Love it or hate it the ASRAE guidelines define the temperature (and humidity) ranges that IT equipment should operate at. If you have not seen the charts below before then where have you been living for the past 20 years. Barely a presentation at a data centre event misses out these charts…Read More

Caucasus Online has selected Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) to enhance its Black Sea fibre optic network to realize an increase in data transfer capacity of up to 5 Tbps. By deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh Extremesubmarine solution with high-density 100G transponders, the operator is integrating multi-protocol and low-latency capabilities into its subsea network. As intercontinental data traffic continues to drive bandwidth demands to new levels, Caucasus Online is now able to leverage its submarine optical spectrum for optimized network monetization…Read More

CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced that it will be launching an enhanced Open Cloud Exchange platform, utilizing Ciena’s Blue Planet® Multi-Domain Service Orchestrator (MDSO). The enhanced Open Cloud Exchange platform, which is expected to be fully operational in early July, will provide CoreSite customers with improved functionality and additional features, including support for single port connections to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, enhanced capacity management capabilities, support for 100Gbps connections, and robust API functionality…Read More

Tele2 Netherlands, a leading regional telecommunications service provider, recently deployed Ciena’s(NYSE: CIEN) WaveLogic Ai coherent optical solution to increase the capacity of its network, lower operating costs and support a tremendous increase in mobile video data traffic driven by Netflix™ and YouTube™. ..Read More

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, the international wholesale arm of Deutsche Telekom, recently deployed Ciena’s (NYSE: CIEN) WaveLogic Ai coherent optical solution to strengthen bandwidth services and reach longer distances across Deutsche Telekom’s network.

With this move, Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier highlights its commitment to excellence by combining technology leadership with business innovation to deliver first-class customer experience. The optimized network brings the next generation of the organization’s Lambda Connect services to market. Optical innovation, expansion of network capacity and deployment agility enables highly differentiated services for customers and provides the flexibility, security and cost-efficiency customers need in today’s dynamic environment…Read More

The world’s most powerful two-phase immersion cooling (2PIC) project, which will be deployed in a 40+ MW data center being constructed by BitFury Group, is currently underway in the Republic of Georgia. Designed and built by the Hong Kong-based engineering company, Allied Control, the 2PIC project will use 3M™ Novec™ 7100 Engineered Fluid, an immersion coolant with a low global warming potential. Allied Control is a pioneer in 2PIC, a field showing great promise in boosting data center efficiency.

Allied Control was recently acquired by BitFury Group, a leading Bitcoin Blockchain infrastructure provider and transaction processing company, which builds its own fully custom Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), PCBs, servers and data centers. BitFury strives to use renewable energy for all of its business operations and remains committed to maintaining the smallest carbon footprint possible. BitFury will leverage Allied Control’s award-winning 2PIC technology with Novec fluid in theGeorgia data center to deploy 28 nm and 16 nm ASICs more efficiently, saving energy and lowering operational costs while meeting goals of net carbon neutrality...Read More 

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