Finland Showcases Renewable Energy for Cloud

Finland is holding a forum in Kajaani showcasing renewable energy resources for datacenters and cloud

Kajaani, Finland/London – 24 September 2012 – A unique forum for investors, datacenter operators and outsourcing enterprises will explore why the Nordics are becoming an established location for major international datacenter operations, will take place in Kajaani, Finland 25 October 2012 (

Taking place on-site at the Kajaani location in central Finland – just over one hour flying time from Helsinki – the forum will focus on how new regions can be developed to become power houses for sustainable datacentre operations.

Attendees will experience at first hand the advantages of the Kainuu location for datacentre facilities and witness a first-of-class modern modular datacentre during build and operation, and learn how existing industrial infrastructure has been adapted to suit modern datacentre requirements to exploit the possibility of minimal CAPEX development.

In addition, attendees have free access to an IT forum supported by the Green Grid taking place on 24th October.

"These are exciting times. By applying the same systematic analysis utilised by the nuclear power industry, Finland is setting new benchmarks that will reflect reductions in CAPEX and OPEX," says Carl Wideman, FDI & IT Services Sector, Business Development Director at Invest in Kainuu. "By recognising what global datacenter giants now understand about the superior infrastructure often found in the Nordics and applying it across the rest of the industry, the region is shifting the focus of data centre efficiency from infrastructure to internal technical proficiency."

Speakers include: Ms Henna Virkkunen, Minister of Public Administration and Local Government, Finland, Henry Daunert, CEO, AST Modular, Michalis Grigoratos, Technical Working Group The Green Grid, EMEA Lead Energy & Sustainability Management, Principal, HP Critical Facilities Services, Gabriel Harris, Director, Head of Acquisitions, CBRE Data Centres, Jaakko Hietala, Partner, Bird & Bird, Seppo Ihalainen, Managing Director, Ficolo Oy, Arni Rafn Jonsson, Facilities Manager, Google
Mark Monroe, Chief Technology Advisor, Integrated Design Group & Executive Director, The Green Grid, André Rouyer, Industry and Government Alliances, Schneider Electric, EMEA Liaison Work Group Chair, The Green Grid, Harkeeret Singh, EMEA Chair, The Green Grid and Global Head of Energy & Sustainable Technology, Thomson Reuters, John Weston, Managing Director, Digiplex, Carl Wideman, FDI & IT Services Sector, Business Development Director, Invest in Kainuu.

"Datacenter location is receiving much wider consideration than previously," commented Warwick Dunkley, vice president at BroadGroup, the forum researchers and organizers. "Where enterprises are focused on assuring long term renewable power resources, with international connectivity, Finland offers an outstanding location with many other advantages."

Companies joining the Forum will gain exceptional insight into the unique capabilities of Kajaani and the surrounding region and its environmental credentials. Site tours are also part of the programme to provide an in depth commercial and technical appraisal. The Forum will feature world class expert speakers who will offer their perspective of the datacenter development.

Interested parties can register online at

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