LCL’s data centers will be greatly expanded in the coming years. The company is investing one hundred million euros in larger data rooms and another twenty million euros in solar panels and energy savings.
The investment will expand the data center in Aalst (Brussels-West) with an additional data room of 2,367 m². These works have already begun and will run until October 2024. The data center in Diegem (Brussels-North) will also be expanded: here the building will go from 1 to 5 floors, accounting for a total data room of 4,000 m². These works will begin in December and run until October 2025.
LCL says the expansion will meet the company’s growth. At the same time, it is also investing twenty million euros in sustainable solutions. For example, the data center in Diegem will have solar panels on the facade. Investments are also being made in more economical cooling installations, better leak detection in those installations, a transition to biofuel (HVO100) for the emergency generator and further electrification of the vehicle fleet.
The energy savings also fit into LCL’s ambition to achieve a PUE of 1.3 or lower by 2030, which it currently has only in its data center in Aalst. PUE or power usage effectiveness is the ratio of power consumed by computing equipment to power for cooling and overhead. The lower that figure, the more efficient a data center is.