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Data centre investment in Ireland is set to reach over €10bn ($11.2bn) by 2022, according to the just -published Q1 report from Host In Ireland. The infrastructure being deployed is already underpinning over 100,000 jobs in the ICT sector for the Irish economy, says the report.

Host in Ireland is an industry-led initiative specifically developed to generate awareness and recognition of Ireland’s growing role in the location to host digital assets.

Inward investment in the country from data centres has tripled over the past four years, bringing the growing average annual spend to €1.3bn each year, says the report.

Garry Connolly, CEO of Host In Ireland, said: “The enormity of this investment has been transformational for Ireland over the past ten years. The ICT sector in Ireland now supports more than 100,000 direct and indirect jobs.

“Our ability to provide the data infrastructure required by some of the largest companies in the world has meant that computer service related exports now top €69.3bn, making it the largest export sector in the economy beating pharmaceuticals and the agrifood sector.”

Figures from construction consultants Mitchell McDermott reveal over half of the spend in data centre construction over the past 12 months was spent on equipment used to provide power and cooling, with one fifth spent on creating the building shell and architectural services for new facilities.

Anthony McDermott, director of Mitchell McDermott, said: “We find that typically 55% of spend in the sector is on equipment including generators and other large items such as air conditioning units.”

He said a further 20% is spent on civil, structural and architectural services, 15% is spent on mechanical, electrical and plumbing services and 10% on preliminary construction costs.

There are now 53 active data centres in Ireland with 29 currently in development. The report says 16 new data halls came online in 2018. In the reported period, Facebook opened its facility in Clonee and announced further investment. Google announced plans for expansion in Dublin and Microsoft ramped up construction in Grange Castle.

Amazon Web Services built new facilities in Clonshaugh and Tallaght and received planning approval for additional sites.

On the wholesale side, CyrusOne announced a new campus in Grange Castle. Crag Digital (Echelon) received planning for a new development in Clondalkin. Its proposed Arklow facility is also at the planning application stage, with a decision due soon. The Citywest Limited proposed facility received planning permission in December, and a new 16MW facility entered the planning process in Clonshaugh in Q1.

The quarterly update was published in association with Bitpower Energy Solutions.

T5 Data Centres is looking to make Ireland its first venture outside of the US as it is involved in plans to build a new data centre in Dublin.

T5 and Clonmont Development group are doing this as a joint venture, and they are looking for permission for a 9,520 square metre development, which will be located in Clonshaugh Business Park.

The Georgia based company specialises in offering wholesale data centre space. They have also previously announced in March 2019 that they are involved with a 55,000 square meter data centre project located in Little Island, Cork.

T5 is said to be expanding in Ireland due to the increase in data centre development activity. Data Centre Realty opened its fifth centre in Ireland earlier this week, and Echelon Dara Centre is planning to build two new facilities.

The data centre industry has contributed to an estimated €7.13 billion to the Irish economy since 2010.

In a statement submitted to the planning authorities, James R Bailey, T5’s development officer, said that “T5 intends on using this as a hub to roll out further data centres across Europe and as a training centre for our European employees”.

Bailey’s states that “The proposed site is an ideal location for a data centre, as it is situated on the T50 Fibre Optic Network, which offers world class telecommunications infrastructure.”

Both Bailey and Clonmont have stressed that they will be employment potential from the proposed plan in the surrounding area.

Subject to them receiving planning permission, Bailey has stated that “we intent commencing construction as soon as possible”.


When developing the JAEGGI ADC High Density, achieving maximum power density was a key priority.
These units are therefore ideal for high-power applications such as the cooling of IT systems.

Extremely compact, enormously powerful

Even in dry operation, the extremely compact cube with a minimal footprint offers huge power and
thus a high switch point for activating the adiabatic pre-cooling unit, which is attached over the
entire height of the cube for maximum performance. All mounted parts and components are integrated
into the casing. Even the high-performance, super low noise fans cannot be seen from the outside.

Adiabatic pre-cooling system

Should the dry operation be insufficient, e.g. due to high ambient temperatures or heavy system
loads, the start of the adiabatic pre-cooling practically switches on the turbo. With the
pre-cooling operation, it is also possible to cool the fluid to below the ambient temperature.

Perfect adjustment, easy bringing-in procedure

The ADC High Density can easily be adapted to very diverse requirements. Various combinations of
materials, configurable tube materials and geometries as well as various tube circuitry options and
fin spacings predestine the powerful cube to be designed with pinpoint accuracy. An added plus are
the ideal dimensions for standard low-loader transport. And with the torsion-resistant construction
and the factory- fitted transport lugs, it goes without saying that the units can be easily
transported by crane without lifting beam.

Intelligent controller reduces operating costs

The smart HYBRIMATIC control unit continuously records the amount of water applied, the speed of
the fans and the state of the ambient air. The necessary information for this such as the fan speed
is read out from Güntner Motor Management GMM via the bus communication. This speed information can
alternatively be transmitted using a 0 – 10-volt signal. The HYBRIMATIC is moreover capable of
checking the operating costs during operation. This provides the basis for an integrated cost
management function, which continually decides whether applying water or changing the speed
represents the more cost-saving and therefore more efficient mode of operation, thus saving money.
To this end, the water quantity is constantly recorded in this system.

Efficient humidification system, hygienic operation

In this highly efficient humidification system, the easily replaceable humidification pads are only
supplied with the amount of water needed depending on the situation. This minimises water
consumption and prevents standing water. In the event of inactivity, the pre-cooling unit is
automatically drained. The heat exchanger remains completely dry thanks to the separate pre-cooling
unit. As a result, regulations such as the 42nd federal law for the protection against immissions
(BImSchV) which is in force in Germany do not apply to the unit. The clever design of the ADC High
Density takes into account the recognised technical rules when it comes to the hygienic operation
of evaporative cooling systems.

Easy inspections, cleaning and maintenance

The ADC High Density is easy to work on. Thanks to a large lockable inspection door, all internal
components can be accessed quickly and easily. This makes all inspection, servicing and maintenance
work easier. Talking of service, not only are all spare parts available anywhere in the world, our
service staff can assist you if you request this. The service includes all work which is necessary
over the entire life cycle – from commissioning to disassembly.

About JAEGGI Hybridtechnologie AG

JAEGGI Hybridtechnologie AG, with its headquarters in Basel, is a successful and long-established
Swiss company. It is the inventor of the hybrid dry cooler as well as a technology and market
leader in hybrid re-cooling and condensing. Its operations cover engineering, production, sales and
service for hybrid dry coolers and condensers. JAEGGI’s products are characterised by their
excellent reliability, low energy and water consumption and low environmental impact. The company
is part of the Güntner Group, an established global manufacturer of components for refrigeration
and air conditioning technology and industrial applications.

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Digital Realty has opened a second data centre on the Profile Park campus in Dublin Ireland. The new facility is located 30 minutes from Dublin’s city centre and has opened its doors to potential clients in their official data centre opening.

Through the opening of this new data centre it is set to bring Digital Realty’s total investment in Ireland to more than €200 million.

Val Walsh, SVP of portfolio at Digital Realty says that “Our new investment in Profile Park and ongoing investment in Ireland highlights our confidence that the technology sector in the region will continue to grow. Our research shows that decision makers in the sector share this optimism and expect the market to flourish in the coming decade”.

“The new facility has been built to a market-leading, quality standard that maintains Digital Realty’s global standards and sets the benchmark for data centres worldwide”.

“As we further invest and develop the campus, we will continue to innovate in our data centre design and construction”.

It is likely that Digital Realty could expand its Profile Park presence even further. This comes from the website of engineering consultant Cundall “the 10 acres greenfield site, situated in Digital Profile Park Dublin, is capable of supporting the phased development of approximately 11.5MW of data centre space across four separate buildings on a dedicated campus, totalling approximately 193,000 sq ft of space”.

However, powering the data centre boom in Ireland has proven difficult over the years. Just north of the Profile Park is the Grange Castle Business Park, when Microsoft has set up 16 gas-powered generators to provide 18MW to support its data centre.


Echelon Data Centres Limited, a new Irish company based in Dublin, has announced that it will create 1,100 jobs through the €1bn development of 89,000m² of data centres with a total capacity of more than 180MW.

Echelon is to construct data centres of 44,000m² (477,000 sqft) in Clondalkin, Dublin, and 45,000m² (484,000 sqft) in Arklow, Co Wicklow, with respective capacities of up to 84MW and 100MW. The capacity available across the two wholly-owned facilities is the equivalent of approximately 34% of all operational capacity currently available in Ireland and 15% of that either planned or in development.

Planning permission has been granted for the Clondalkin site and is imminent for Arklow. The first tranche of 40MW of capacity will be available in Clondalkin in Q3 2020.

The 1,100 jobs being created consist of 460 construction jobs and 100 operational positions in Clondalkin, and 450 construction jobs and 90 operational positions in Arklow.

The company’s jobs and investment plans were announced in Dublin this morning at an event attended by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, as well as senior representatives from the data centre industry and global technology companies.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Humphreys said: “This €1bn investment is fantastic news for Ireland, especially as it’s one that will use a number of Irish suppliers and domestic expertise in its delivery. Success breeds success and Echelon’s new presence here will add to our increasing reputation as a great place to do business.”

She continued: “It’s particularly encouraging to see an indigenous company making this type of commitment to a sector that we think of as being dominated by Silicon Valley giants.”

Echelon is owned by Aldgate Developments, a UK and Ireland-based property development company. The company is working to a ‘Triple 5’ strategy – the development of 500MW of capacity, in five countries, by 2025.

Niall Molloy, CEO of Echelon Data Centres, said that the provision of customisable, scalable data centre facilities is key to the continuing growth of the digital economy, driven by social media, ecommerce, digital broadcasting and the internet of things.

“We’re thrilled that work to build Echelon’s first data centres has commenced. Between our two sites in Clondalkin and Arklow, and other sites that we are in the process of identifying and acquiring in Ireland, the UK and Europe, Echelon will become one of Europe’s biggest data centre providers,” he said.

“What this major investment means for Ireland is the creation of many high-quality jobs. The development and operation of these two sites alone will provide employment for 1,100 people through a capital investment of €1bn which will enhance and support Ireland’s growing tech ecosystem.”

“The capacity available across Echelon’s first two facilities is the equivalent of 34% of all current operational capacity available in Ireland and about 15% of all capacity in planning and development. This will enable us to accommodate future growth strategies for clients. Echelon’s hands-on and flexible approach to meeting customer requirements goes as far as offering a site identification, acquisition and development service.”

In addition to its current portfolio, Echelon is in the process of identifying other sites in the UK and Europe and will announce further developments in due course.


Facebook is to hire an additional 1,000 people in Ireland over the course of 2019. The extra roles will be created across 60 teams, including the social media giants’ engineering, safety, legal, policy, marketing and sales teams. The roles will based on its Ballsbridge campus which was previously home to AIB. The expansion will bring the total number of people employed across its centres in Cork, Dublin and Meath to 5,000. The announcement was made in Dublin today by the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, while she attended Facebook’s Gather event in Croke Park. More than 500 small and medium businesses from Ireland and across the EMEA region attended the event.

DKANE 03/04/2019
Ciaran Coughlan, EDPAC – Sales Marketing Director and Noel Lynch, Managing Director – EDPAC International.

Data Centre and Air Cooling Systems manufacturer, EDPAC International, has announced the creation of 50 new jobs as An Tanaiste Simon Coveney TD officially opened the company’s newly extended manufacturing plant in Carrigaline, Co. Cork today (Friday).

The Irish owned company has an impressive client list, with installations at Doha Airport, Qatar’s Al Wakra Stadium, Hong Kong’s Metro, Bolivia’s Itaipu Dam, Copenhagen’s City Link Metro, the  BBC in the UK, most hospitals in Ireland and Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the company’s home county. EDPAC International processes multi-million euro orders from all around the world every month and is expanding the headcount in Cork to meet sustained growth over the last 3 years.

Speaking at the official opening of the new extension, An Tanaiste Simon Coveney T.D. said, “EDPAC International exemplifies all that makes Irish companies so successful around the globe;  a high quality solution, innovative in design and execution combined with ambitious leadership and outstanding customer service to create a truly world class product. I am delighted to officially open the newly extended manufacturing site in Carrigaline, and wish all the EDPAC team continued success.”

EDPAC International will continue to operate from its sites in Newmarket (North Cork) and from Carrigaline, where more than 80 people are currently employed.  The company is actively recruiting a further 50 employees over the next 24 months, particularly design engineers, refrigeration technicians, plumbers, electricians as well as quality engineers and logistics personnel.

“The opening of the extended manufacturing site will undoubtedly enhance productivity and how we work as a team, and I want to acknowledge that it is the people behind EDPAC International that make it a great place to work and a great company.  We have a number of exciting international and national projects in the pipeline, and look forward to continuing to grow and develop from our Cork sites in Carrigaline and Newmarket,” said Noel Lynch, Managing Director of EDPAC International.

EDPAC International is supported by Enterprise Ireland for a number of years. Following the successes of the EI Lean Plus programme, EDPAC have been recently approved for the EI Operational Excellence Programme which will further enhance development at the company.

David Byrne, Department Manager – Electronics and Communications, Enterprise Ireland commented, “EDPAC is an excellent example of an innovative, regionally-based company with global ambition that has expanded its reach in international markets, building upon a strong business foundation to prepare for challenges like Brexit. Regional businesses like EDPAC contribute to a robust local economy and this expansion represents EDPAC’s continued commitment to Cork and the wider region, and we look forward to continuing our work with the team as they continue to grow.”

The EDPAC manufacturing site in Carrigaline is now over 5000 square metres and equipped with state of the art facilities, including a new environmental test laboratory, dedicated factory witness test facility and a new canteen.  The Newmarket facility supports the Carrigaline factory, providing prefabricated components and manufacturing high quality air handling systems to customer specifications.

DKANE 03/04/2019
Ciaran Coughlan, EDPAC – Sales Marketing Director and Noel Lynch, Managing Director – EDPAC International.

John Paul Construction followed up last year’s success by picking up 3 major category awards at this year’s Irish Construction Excellence Awards at the Mansion House on Friday night.

Their winning categories were: Public/Heritage Project of the Year for the spectacular Pearse Lyons Distillery and Visitor Centre, Fitout / Refurbishment Project of the Year for the LEED Platinum Seamark Building at Elmpark Green and the BIM Excellence Project of the Year for the iconic 1-6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.

According to Managing Director, Eamon Booth “Winning these awards is a fitting testament to the hard work and effort of all our teams involved and an affirmation of the approach we take across the company in striving for excellence on behalf of our Clients.”


Congratulations to the John Paul Construction site teams from the Morgan Hotel and The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) for their fantastic achievement at the Considerate Constructors National Site Awards in Manchester. The Morgan Hotel received a Gold Award and ‘Most Considerate Site’ runner-up, and the NRH received a Bronze Award.

Winning a Most Considerate Site Award runner up places us in the top 30, out of approximately 8,000 registered sites across the UK and Ireland.

Both projects were recognised for exceptional standards and innovation from the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which aims to improve the image of the construction industry and focuses on areas such as site appearance, respect for the community, safety, protection of the environment and valuing the workforce. #loveconstruction #ccsawards

The commercial data centre market is expanding at an unprecedented speed across Europe, not just in high profile, new growth regions like Scandinavia and Ireland, but also in traditional markets like the UK, Germany and the Netherlands where capacity is increasing faster than ever. Analysts at CBRE report that the commercial European “FLAP” market has doubled in size in four years (average annual take up between 2016 and 2018 was 150MW, compared to 63MW in 2015) and that a third of colocation capacity in the four biggest European markets has come online since 2015 .

In the UK, where we might have expected to see a dent in growth since June 2016, the story is the same – Brexit so far seems to be having a very muted effect, if any, on supply, and occupancy is also healthy. It’s worth having a closer look both at the figures and what might be driving them. And you don’t have to look far: whoever you ask, the answer is “cloud”.

Gartner reports that between 70% and 90% of all organisations are now using cloud, that the 18% CAGR primarily comes from migration and new applications, and that the market is consolidating around the large US providers with the top four hyperscale operators holding nearly 47% of the global market.

Commercial data centre capacity is closely monitored in Europe both at nation state and regional level by market analysts. Enterprise capacity, however does not tend to be picked up in the same detail, unless a transaction is involved – so we might hear anecdotally that enterprise sites are entering the market and being repurposed as colocation capacity or that a large enterprise operator is acquiring a site, but we don’t have comprehensive data or even a reliable barometer for the proportion of enterprise activity that is still on-premises...Read More

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