back to article Echelon gets the upper hand: Scores final nod for 100MW bit barn campus in Arklow, Ireland

Recently established data centre developer Echelon has received permission to build a massive bit barn campus in County Wicklow, Ireland. The company is planning to construct hyperscale facilities in Arklow, on the east coast of Ireland, with 100MW of power capacity in the first phase, at a potential cost of around €500m. …

  1. Alan J. Wylie

    "Echelon"? Who comes up with these names? The first thing I think of is a secret global surveillance network

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      >"Echelon"? Who comes up with these names?

      First thing that popped into my head too, I think a rebranding exercise would be the prudent thing to do.

      1. _gh_

        1-stop shopping

        Who says it isn't five-eyes branching out. How much easier to do the data intercepts if you own the site and get the clients to pay to maintain it.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      yeah, that was my thoughts too when I read the headline.

      US govt spy network is expanding....

    3. Nick Kew

      Somewhere in here is surely a job for Mark Thomas (he of the arms trade fair, Menwith Hill ballooning, and the life of serious organised crime)?

    4. Korev Silver badge

      Knowledge is power and 100MW is a lot...

  2. Floydian Slip


    Always watching, always listening, always tracking

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Ireland still burns peat to generate electricity. This is the dirtiest fuel used. Far worse than even brown coal. THey should halt all new Data centres until they have transitioned off of peat.

    Claiming they have bought offsets from existing renewable plants is just green washing and does not prevent the burning of peat.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Peat

      But, peat is a natural organic vegan fuel...

    2. Ken 16 Silver badge

      Re: Peat

      Who's They? Are the They that build data centres the same They that burn peat?

      Or do you just want to generalise about all Irish?

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