Nordic data center service provider, atNorth, has announced the opening of its first data center in Kista, Stockholm, Sweden.

According to atNorth, the new SWE01 facility for which its ground-breaking was announced in 2020 is now online and offers 1.5MW of power capacity, and specifically designed for high density workloads, such as advanced calculations for AI, simulations, and risk analysis.

In terms of energy, the new facility operates on 100% renewable energy and all the residual heat from the data center is being recycled in collaboration with Stockholm Exergi, sending excess heat to homes.

“Data-driven businesses require a new type of data center. We will be the first colocation player in the Nordics to build a facility fully equipped for high-capacity services from the start,” said Stefan Jofors-aTribe, atNorth’s Nordic Sales Director.

“The choice of Stockholm and surrounding Sweden is strategic, with its access to renewable energy, great connectivity and an infrastructure that allows us to deliver our services with high precision to customers both in and outside the Nordic region. We are very pleased to open the gates in Kista today.”

Following the launch of the new Sweden data center facility, atNorth further announced that the next phase of the build-out which will add about 4.8MW of IT capacity to the site is already underway and expected be deployed in the autumn of 2022. Upon full build of the site, atNorth’s Stockholm data center will span a total of 6,400 square meters with the IT capacity of more than 11MW.

About a month ago, the company announced that it is working on securing at least 50MW of power capacity and land, to build another hyperscale colocation data center in the Nordics. While the new site will be at least five times bigger than the Stockholm site, atNorth plans to also use 100% green electricity from renewable sources to power the proposed data center.