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January 6, 2015

Google pours $66m into Taiwan data centre

The data centre was built for $600m and opened in December 2013.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Google is looking to increase its footprint in Asia after announcing a further $66.4m investment into its data centre in Taiwan.

The Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan said that it has approved the investment, which was made through Google’s affiliate Kohl Holding Ltd, according to Focus Taiwan.

It added that the additional investment could also prompt Microsoft to consider building a data centre in the same region.

The investment comes after Google opened the data centre in December 2013 with an initial $600m investment, which it claims is one of Asia’s most efficient and environmentally friendly data centres.

"One way we’re increasing efficiency here that’s unique among our global fleet of data centres is through the use of a nightime cooling and thermal energy storage system," Google states on its website."

"The system works by cooling water at night, when temperatures are cooler, storing the cooled water in large insulated tanks where it retains it’s temperature before being pumped throughout the facility to cool our servers during the day."

Google added that 60 employees are helping to keep the site running, alongside a number of part- and full-time contractors in a variety of roles including computer technicians, engineers and caterers.

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Google also has another data centre in Asia, six data in the U.S., one in South America, and four in Europe.

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