Thought Leadership and Insight from Invest in Denmark

Kim Schultz

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Kim Schultz a Special Advisor at Invest in Denmark and an expert on Data Centres and Cleantech.

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
Kim Schultz: We expect the present high global data centre capacity growth rates to continue for many years. In terms of the European capacity demand the Nordics continue to provide the resources which meet these demands in a sustainable manner. Denmark provides the second best power grid reliability in Europe. Furthermore the power supply is green. Today we have 65 per cent renewable power in the grid, most of it is from wind and biomass, and by 2023 there will be just two medium/large size fossil fuel fired power plants left in Denmark. On top of this we have top notch fibre connectivity to Central Europe and the US, lots of land available for hyperscale centres and the fastest construction permitting process in Europe.

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
Kim Schultz: From national/regional perspective the main data centre related opportunities are growth in terms of jobs and revenue throughout the full data centre value chain as well as research and development projects, not least in areas like energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, energy storage etc.

Datacloud: What's one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
Kim Schultz: Naturally we would like one or two additional hyperscale data centres in Denmark to be announced. We’ll continue to provide World class service to all international companies that would consider Denmark for location of their next European data centre.

Datacloud: What do you think matters most in the development of the industry and its effect on business and society?
Kim Schultz: Availability of top reliable renewable power - and energy efficiency options like use of waste heat for heating of homes and businesses - combined with excellent connectivity and availability of safe and excellent sites.

Invest in Denmark will be at the Datacloud Europe 2017 congress in Monaco June 6-8th. Meet them there