Microsoft recently plunged one of their data centers underwater off the coast of Scotland as part their Project Natick. Conventional centers use an enormous amount of energy on simply cooling their electronic devices. Submerging these machines could make them dramatically easier to cool. Enclosed in a pod-like shipping container, Microsoft’s submarine project is wholly powered by local renewable energy which they hope will result in zero-emissions. The unusual experiment aims to study whether this will help curb their environmental impact and create more energy efficiency than a data center on land. Do you think this solution is interesting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments 📝
Photo Description: Spencer Fowers, senior member of technical staff for Microsoft’s special projects research group, prepares Project Natick’s Northern Isles datacenter for deployment off the coast of the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The datacenter is secured to a ballast-filled triangular base that rests on the seafloor. Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.