Underwater data centres ‘no solution’ to climate change

A cutting-edge underwater data centre off the Scottish coast could come with environmental costs, experts have warned

BEIS foresees onshore wind sites located on islands such as Orkney. Photograph: Pxhere
Microsoft's underwater data centre is powered by 100% renewable electricity sourced from the Orkney islands

A cutting-edge underwater data centre off the Scottish coast could come with environmental costs, experts have warned.

Microsoft launched its Project Natick, a pod lying on the seafloor, earlier this year to demonstrate the viability of using ocean water to cool data centres.

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