Appoints Robert Dunn as Interim CEO following resignations of Afonso Salema and Rui Oliveira Neves 

Sines, November 15th 2023 – Start Campus, a company developing one of Europe’s largest data center ecosystems (495 MW) powered by 100% green energy in Sines, Portugal, today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Robert Dunn as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Dunn’s appointment is effective immediately. 

Mr. Dunn brings a wealth of experience in delivering data center solutions, having previously held key leadership roles in the data center industry. Since joining Start Campus in April 2022, Mr. Dunn has been in charge of overseeing all aspects of the project as Head of Design and Delivery. In his new capacity, he will continue supporting his team to ensure the project can reach its soon-to-be operational phase.

Today’s appointment follows the resignations of Afonso Salema, who held the role of Chief Executive Officer, and Rui Oliveira Neves, who held the role of Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer.

Start Campus strives for the highest standards in all areas of business and in every stage of the project in Sines. The company remains committed to its operations and investment in Portugal. It is taking all necessary measures to ensure business continuity and that its team, customers and business partners continue to receive the same level of high-quality service.  Start Campus continues to fully cooperate with the Portuguese authorities and provide all requested information to ensure a thorough and impartial investigation of all facts.

Both shareholders of Start Campus, Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, and Pioneer Point Partners LLP, are committed to the continued development of the project, one of the largest data centers in Europe. We believe the project will significantly contribute to Portugal’s energy transition, digital transformation and address the growing demand from international technology companies.

About Start Campus

Start Campus is responsible for the development of the SINES project, a Hyperscaler data center campus with a capacity of up to 495 MW in Sines, an investment of up to €3.5 billion. It will be one of the largest data center campuses in Europe and meets the growing demand from large international technology companies. It will create up to 1,200 direct highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028. It is located in Sines and will benefit from all the strategic advantages such as sea water cooling systems, access to the high voltage electrical grid, connectivity through the connection to high capacity international networks of fiber optic cables with Europe, Americas and Africa. The SINES Project will be one of the largest data center ecosystems with 100% green energy at competitive prices in a premium location in Europe, which is the perfect gateway to Europe and the world.

Fabiola Bordino, Head of Sustainability, Communication and Marketing for Start Campus, recently was part of Episode 8 of the Sustainability Superheroes webinar series released on July 26, 2023. In the discussion, Start Campus’s Fabiola Bordino shared the best ways to create a circular economy within the data center development industry, ensuring sustainability efforts can save money and boost profits. The main topics covered were:

Bordino begins the discussion by explaining her perspective on how the world has grown dependent on data consumption and, in turn, increased the energy requirements needed to run the data centers that support the new surge in digital demands. She says that operations must move away from fossil fuels into greener energy.

The conversation moves to the critical sustainability practices that can revolutionize data centers. These practices not only contribute to environmental preservation but also lead to significant cost savings. By implementing various energy-efficient technologies, adopting multiple and diverse renewable energy sources, and optimizing resource utilization, Start Campus has mapped out impressive financial gains and provided a model for other data center operators to do the same.

Collaboration is Key

As the Harvard Business Review defines, the circular economy replaces the ‘end-of-life’ concept with reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovering materials to achieve sustainable development. When applied to data centers, this model promotes the reuse and recycling of equipment, extending their lifespan, reducing e-waste, and lowering costs. It also optimizes energy consumption via efficient design and renewable energy sources. Transitioning from a linear to a circular model can thus enhance a data center’s sustainability, operational efficiency, and competitiveness.

Start Campus stands at the forefront of the circular economy movement. In this Sustainability Superheros episode, Bordino explains how this innovative model aims to maximize resource efficiency and minimize waste by keeping materials and products in use for as long as possible. She dives into Start Campus’s groundbreaking SINES Project, which utilizes an ocean water cooling system as part of its renewable energy capabilities.

Bordino explains how Start Campus took this further by examining surrounding businesses to find a synergistic way to work together. Because the SINES Project rejects warmer water, they will be able to supply nearby fish farms with this wastewater, a perfect solution that both minimizes Start Campus’s waste while increasing the profitability of the nearby business. The warmer water is also an ideal candidate for desalination, which converts salt/sea water to fresh water. The desalination process requires warming cold seawater so the water can be distilled. Once desalinated, the water can be used by future neighboring hydrogen plants or repurposed for other industrial businesses — maybe even one day to water crops.

The conversation evolves to discuss the main difference between typical businesses and those using a circular economy, where recycling resources takes place rather than a product or byproduct simply going to waste. “It’s the regeneration of products in an environmentally friendly way,” Bordino explains. “Preserving the land and biodiversity, harnessing renewable energy, and efficient waste management are crucial in building a sustainable future. The circular economy model holds the key to

lower costs and enables the development of communities in an environmentally responsible

manner”.

Bordino highlights the immense potential of Portugal’s Sines region for establishing robust data processing infrastructures. Start Campus is leveraging this pioneering approach to significantly reduce waste and water consumption, resulting in considerable operational savings in data center operations. They are also reducing costs and aligning their strategy with environmental responsibility by harnessing renewable energy sources. This creates a model that is both financially beneficial and sustainable.

As the data center industry continues its rapid expansion, it becomes imperative to prioritize sustainability and embrace circular economy principles. The interview between host Stephen Marland and Fabiola Bordino sheds light on how circular economy practices can benefit a business’s profits and operations and build a robust collaborative community. To listen to the full episode, visit Sustainability Superheroes.

Welcome to the fourth article in our blog series highlighting Start Campus’s sustainability best practices. To get caught up on the entire series, you can read the first blog article “For the Planet,” part two “For the Community,” and part three “For the Company.”

Sustainable Industry

At Start Campus, we foster a collaborative ecosystem to help drive a holistic approach to environmental sustainability company-wide and on a global scale. This blog article outlines what Start Campus is putting in place to set industry-wide sustainability standards.

Start Campus’s is pioneering sustainability initiatives to impact the entire data center industry and supply chain, driving the utilization of eco-friendly construction materials. By leading the way with their sustainability-driven approach, Start Campus inspires others in the industry to follow suit. Their innovative practices and commitment to environmental responsibility serve as a catalyst for change, motivating stakeholders to adopt greener alternatives and reshape industry standards. 

To support our activities, we monitor and measure progress by achieving our sustainability development goals. We embed sustainability into the corporate goals and targets. We strive to be pioneers in developing and — more specifically — sharing our highly-detailed and 100% transparent Carbon Modelling System using BIMMS Software with the wider industry. We aim to set an example for all future companies to adopt the most sustainable and ethically driven deliverables.

By implementing our sustainable procurement policy and environment policy, Start Campus can influence the supply chain sustainability and push the global industry to innovate, build and deliver green solutions. We have developed and measured specific departmental action plans that define roles, responsibilities, and timescales for activities. 

To achieve company wide as well as global sustainability targets, we follow successful models of well-structured guidelines.

Sustainability Standards We Follow

The GRI Standards are the most widely used sustainability reporting standards in the world. They provide a framework for companies to report on their economic, environmental, and social impacts, in addition to performance. The GRI Standards are designed to be flexible and allow companies to tailor their reporting to their specific needs and context.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 26000 is a guidance standard on social responsibility. It provides guidance on how companies can operate in a socially responsible manner, and it covers a wide range of topics, including human rights, labor practices, the environment, and governance.

Finally, Start Campus follows the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Standards. These provide a framework for companies to report on their sustainability performance in a way that is financially transparent. The SASB Standards focus on financial performance and the material sustainability issues that are most likely to impact a company’s financial performance.

Start Campus is unwavering in its commitment to sustainability, making it an integral part of our corporate identity. This framework enables us to measure and report on our economic, environmental, and social impacts, and guide our decision-making towards a sustainable future. 

We invite you to join us on this transformative journey towards a more sustainable and responsible world. Together, we can make a meaningful difference. For more information about Start Campus, visit Sustainability for the Industry.

Afonso Salema, CEO of Start Campus, joins host David Liggitt for a conversation about the history and future of data centers on the latest episode of datacenterHawk.

Salema dives into his background in investment banking and his transition into the data center world. With nearly 20 years of experience advising on infrastructure and utilities, he brings a unique perspective to the industry. Salema began as an industrial engineer before transitioning into investment banking. His expertise focused on infrastructure, utilities, and large-scale projects, providing valuable insights into advisory roles for private equity firms and utilities.

Salema discusses the core strategy of Start Campus, driven by two global trends: the shift toward renewable energy sources and the digital transition. He highlights the recent changes seen across multiple industries to strive for more renewable energy options and discusses how repurposing infrastructure left behind by the power transition can help accomplish sustainability goals. Salema continues by sharing how the second shift — digital transition — is industrializing the data center industry, growing much more resource-intensive and complex when it comes to managing data center operations. Data centers must be extra attentive to the resources they use for their facilities. The challenge is merging these two trends, ensuring data centers are responsible for resource usage while providing necessary power and cooling to their customers.

He expounds on the challenges faced by the industry when transitioning to renewable energy sources, emphasizing the need to challenge the idea that sustainability is an additional cost. In the episode, he shares insights into how companies can ensure 24/7 sustainable power sourcing without “greenwashing” — the practice of exaggerating sustainability to appear eco-friendly.

Salema explains why data center construction is increasingly migrating to areas outside of cities, where they are not competing with real estate and housing demand. This also reduces the potential draw on resources, especially where water is scarce. He also highlights the advantages of moving data rather than power, predominantly that moving a photon rather than an electron is much easier.

Looking ahead, he and the host discuss the areas of innovation that Start Campus aims to focus on in the coming years. He touches on integrating data center operations with the grid, exploring cooling alternatives, and carbon mitigation strategies to neutralize their environmental impact. Beyond sustainability, Salema believes that connectivity will be a game-changer for the industry. He anticipates an explosion of connectivity across the globe, driven not only by AI and data growth but also by geopolitics, demanding greater resilience and tighter connectivity meshes on a global scale.

This interview provides valuable insights into the future of data centers and their pivotal role in the evolving landscape of renewable energy, sustainability, and global connectivity. To listen to the full episode, visit Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

The pioneering Green Giant data center begins the move-in process for its first hyperscaler clients

When fully complete, the total campus will have up to 495 MW of capacity across six buildings by 2028 with the first building, NEST, completing construction in 2024.

SINES, PORTUGALOctober 2, 2023Start Campus, the company responsible for the development of 100% green energy ecosystems in Sines, Portugal, announces today that it has welcomed its first hyperscaler clients for the initial setup phase at its NEST building, the company’s first phase data hall. Highlights of this monumental event were showcased during a visit from Portuguese Minister of Infrastructure, João Galamba, who toured the 100% sustainable campus powered by 24×7 renewable energy on September 29, 2023.

In advance of the upcoming operational launch of the Start Campus data center, the onboarding process for the new hyperscalers is underway, including access to unique and diverse global network connectivity solutions. The NEST is scheduled to be fully operational by March 2024 and will deliver an initial 15 MW of power, setting the stage for a capacity of 495 MW across six buildings. When live, it will become one of Europe’s largest green hyperscale ecosystems. Start Campus projects its facility will create up to 1,200 direct, highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028, contributing to the local economy and community.

“This moment represents a very important milestone for Start Campus and the SINES Project,” says Afonso Salema, CEO of Start Campus. “We are developing a dynamic sustainability-driven ecosystem that will place Portugal at the center of the rapidly growing international data market. We’re challenging what’s deemed possible in our industry, so we are particularly pleased with the entry of the first clients who resonate with our values, decisively reducing the carbon footprint of this industry.”

The SINES Project is poised to become one of the first and largest renewable energy-driven data center campuses in the world and is strategically positioned to act as a gateway between Europe, Africa and the Americas. To date, Start Campus has made significant strides by establishing network infrastructure partnerships with industry leaders like EllaLink, EXA Infrastructure, DE-CIX, and COLT. According to Afonso, “These alliances represent a pivotal milestone in our journey to enhance connectivity and drive digital innovation.”

The location of the SINES Project enables Portugal to provide international access via transatlantic cable landings, multiple  terrestrial network routes and the world’s largest Internet Exchange operator. Major subsea cable players such as Medusa, and EllaLink’s Olisipo and Fortaleza-Sines cable systems have already identified the area as the emerging “Atlantic Hub,” ushering in a new era of global connectivity that does not rely on the FLAP-D markets.

For the most up to date news, follow Start Campus on LinkedIn. For more information about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt 

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About Start Campus

Start Campus is responsible for the development of the SINES Project, a Hyperscaler data center campus with a capacity of up to 495 MW in Sines, an investment of up to €3.5 billion. It will be one of the largest data center campuses in Europe and meets the growing demand from large international technology companies. It will create up to 1,200 direct highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028. It is located in Sines and will benefit from all the strategic advantages such as seawater cooling systems, access to the high voltage electrical grid, connectivity through the connection to high capacity international networks of fiber optic cables with North America, Africa and South America. SINES Project will be one of the largest data center ecosystems with 100% green energy at competitive prices in a premium location in Europe, which is the perfect gateway to Europe and the world.

To learn more about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt

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This partnership will enhance the current route into a comprehensive ecosystem that provides high capacity, diverse routing options and ultra-low latency connectivity

SINES, PORTUGALSeptember 26, 2023Start Campus, the company responsible for the development of 100% green energy ecosystems, today announced it has partnered with Colt Technology Services (Colt), the digital infrastructure company. This collaboration enables Colt to expand the footprint of its Colt IQ Network locally and globally, and make Start Campus’s SINES Project its home to power the connectivity requirements of the customers. This partnership will enhance the current route into a comprehensive ecosystem that provides high capacity, diverse routing options, and ultra-low latency connectivity.

The SINES Project is one of the largest hyperscale data center ecosystems in Europe, acting as a gateway between Europe, Africa and the Americas. Powered by renewable and affordable energy, Start Campus offers a 100% sustainable campus powered by 24×7 renewable energy facilities resulting in a low total cost of operations for its customers. At the southwestern edge of Europe, the SINES Project at Start Campus is a unique location for subsea cables, with multiple providers planning to land their systems there, including EllaLink, which connects Europe, South America, and Africa. The location of the Sines Project enables Portugal to act as a connectivity hub for Europe, providing access via transatlantic cable landings and Colt’s terrestrial network routes.

“We are thrilled to partner with Colt, a company that shares our vision for sustainability,” says Afonso Salema, Chief Officer Executive (CEO) of Start Campus. “This partnership will enable us to explore innovative solutions that maximize efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. This partnership helps position Portugal as a leading global digital hub. We are eager to see what the future holds for this collaboration.”

“As Colt remains committed to bolstering our global digital infrastructure, our partnership with Start Campus marks a significant stride towards establishing the Iberian Peninsula as a pivotal global digital hub,” says Carlos Jesus, VP Global Service Delivery and Portugal Country Manager of Colt Technology Services. “We are also excited to partner with Start Campus because of our shared vision for sustainability. At Colt, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is by design and embedded in everything we do, from intelligent network design to selecting our partners.”

In 2021, Start Campus announced the project SINES 4.0©, an hyperscale data center, with a capacity of up to 495 MW, in Sines, Portugal, representing an investment of up to €3.5 billion. It will be one of Europe’s largest data center campuses, responding to the large international technology companies’ growing demand.

For more information about Colt, visit www.colt.net

For more information about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt 


About Start Campus

Start Campus is responsible for the development of the SINES Project, a Hyperscaler data center campus with a capacity of up to 495 MW in Sines, an investment of up to €3.5 billion. It will be one of the largest data center campuses in Europe and meets the growing demand from large international technology companies. It will create up to 1,200 direct highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028. It is located in Sines and will benefit from all the strategic advantages such as seawater cooling systems, access to the high voltage electrical grid, connectivity through the connection to high capacity international networks of fiber optic cables with North America, Africa and South America. SINES Project will be one of the largest data center ecosystems with 100% green energy at competitive prices in a premium location in Europe, which is the perfect gateway to Europe and the world.

To learn more about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt

About Colt Technology Services  

Colt Technology Services (Colt) is a global digital infrastructure company which creates extraordinary connections to help businesses succeed. Powered by amazing people and like-minded partners, Colt is driven by its purpose: to put the power of the digital universe in the hands of its customers, wherever, whenever and however they choose.

Since 1992, Colt has set itself apart through its deep commitment to its customers, growing from its heritage in the City of London to more than 60 offices around the world. The powerful Colt IQ Network connects 222 cities and 32 countries with more than 1000 data centers, 51 Metropolitan Area Networks and over 31,000 buildings across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs. Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in the sector. Obsessed with delivering industry-leading customer experience, Colt is guided by its dedication to customer innovation, by its values and its responsibility to its customers, partners, people and planet.

The green giant data center campus in Sines is set to welcome the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem on the planet

SINES, PORTUGALSeptember 21, 2023Start Campus, the company responsible for the development of 100% green energy ecosystems, announces that its SINES, Portugal location will soon be home to DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange (IX) operator. DE-CIX, also home to the largest carrier and data center neutral interconnection ecosystem on the planet, is expanding its Southern Europe IX footprint with a new Point of Presence (PoP) at Start Campus’s SINES Project, approximately 100 km from Lisbon, Portugal. 

Start Campus’s 100% sustainable data center campus, powered by 24×7 renewable energy facilities, will be the site of a future access point for DE-CIX Lisbon, with direct connectivity to other DE-CIX IXs in Southern Europe, such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Marseille. When services are live in 2024, SINES will emerge as a key intercontinental connectivity hub and an important exchange point for data traffic going to and from Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. Sines is uniquely positioned at Europe’s Southwestern edge, and multiple subsea providers plan to land their systems at Start Campus’s SINES Project, including EllaLink, which interconnects Europe, South America, and Africa. 

“We are thrilled to welcome DE-CIX to Start Campus and to offer our customers an industry-leading IX solution that will keep local traffic local while routing data more efficiently across DE-CIX’s interconnected footprint, which spans  multiple metro regions, continents, and hundreds of data centers,” comments Fabiola Bordino, Head of Sustainability, Communication and Marketing at Start Campus. “As we build the industry’s first 100% sustainable, 24×7 renewable energy powered data center campus, companies like DE-CIX are critical. Enabling ease of interconnection and reach exemplifies our mission of creating a robust digital ecosystem to benefit the industry and our local market.”   

“DE-CIX is excited to help herald in a new era of connectivity in Sines, Portugal with Start Campus’s SINES project,” adds Theresa Bobis, Regional Director, Southern Europe at DE-CIX. “Sines is set to be home to multiple subsea systems interconnecting and serving Southern Europe, coupled with the enhanced proximity and reach to Africa and other European markets, DE-CIX is excited to expand its Southern Europe footprint to Sines, fortifying connectivity for Portugal and beyond.”  

DE-CIX offers interconnection services in close to 50 metro markets in Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Accessible from data centers in over 600 cities worldwide, DE-CIX interconnects thousands of network operators (carriers), Internet service providers (ISPs), content providers, and enterprise networks from over 100 countries and offers peering cloud and interconnection services. DE-CIX in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world, with a data volume of almost 34 Exabytes per year (as of 2022) and close to 1,100 connected networks. 

Start Campus is dedicated to utilizing strategic locations to enable gateway connectivity. Their partnership with DE-CIX marks an important step in bringing their vision of sustainably supported data center ecosystems to life, with ocean water cooling systems, high-voltage power grids, and high-capacity international fiber optic cables ready to channel IX traffic by late 2023. 

For more information about DE-CIX, visit www.de-cix.net

For more information about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt


About Start Campus

Start Campus is responsible for the development of the SINES Project, a Hyperscaler data center campus with a capacity of up to 495 MW in Sines, an investment of up to €3.5 billion. It will be one of the largest data center campuses in Europe and meets the growing demand from large international technology companies. It will create up to 1,200 direct highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028. It is located in Sines and will benefit from all the strategic advantages such as seawater cooling systems, access to the high voltage electrical grid, connectivity through the connection to high capacity international networks of fiber optic cables with North America, Africa and South America. SINES Project will be one of the largest data center ecosystems with 100% green energy at competitive prices in a premium location in Europe, which is the perfect gateway to Europe and the world. To learn more about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt.

About DE-CIX 

DE-CIX (German Commercial Internet Exchange) is the world’s leading operator of Internet Exchanges (IXs). DE-CIX offers its interconnection services in close to 50  metro-markets in Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Accessible from data centers in over 600 cities world-wide, DE-CIX interconnects thousands of network operators (carriers), Internet service providers (ISPs), content providers and enterprise networks from more than 100 countries, and offers peering, cloud, and interconnection services. DE-CIX in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world, with a data volume of almost 34 Exabytes per year (as of 2022) and close to 1,100 connected networks. More than 200 colleagues from over 30 different nations form the foundation of the DE-CIX success story in Germany and around the world. Since the beginning of the commercial Internet, DE-CIX has had a decisive influence — in a range of leading global bodies, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) — in codifying guiding principles for the Internet of the present and the future. As the operator of critical IT infrastructure, DE-CIX bears a great responsibility for the seamless, fast, and secure data exchange between people, enterprises, and organizations at its locations around the globe. Further information at www.de-cix.net

Lisbon, Portugal – September 12, 2023 –  Start Campus, an innovator in the site selection, design, and building 100% green energy ecosystems, will have Fabiola Bordino, Head of Sustainability, Communication & Marketing, speak on the future of digital infrastructure expansion across Europe at the Datacloud ESG Summit 2023 on Tuesday, September 26, in Oslo, Norway. Fabiola has over a decade of experience in sustainability and digital transformation. Fabiola utilizes her passion for sustainability to help transform how data center companies can enable digital transformation while minimizing the effects on the planet and having a more positive impact on communities.

Fabiola will be a featured speaker on the panel “Establishing a Futureproof Foothold Beyond FLAP-D” at 11:50 AM local time. In light of the new-build moratorium in Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany, key financial hubs that have typically been first choices for new builds are off the market, requiring companies to look elsewhere for their future infrastructure needs. This panel will examine the importance of selecting locations when finding a home for a company’s infrastructure, weighing the benefits of retrofitting existing facilities versus building a ground-up green facility according to the latest sustainability standards, and if FLAP-D (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin) is still a contributing factor.

The Datacloud ESG Summit 2023 unites data centers, cloud providers, hyperscale, enterprise, equipment vendors, energy providers, real estate, financiers, network providers, tower, construction, and regulators, all of whom are seeking ways to run, or invest in, greener business. The event will open up a dialogue, find solutions, and show the world what’s possible when we collaborate toward a greener future.

WHAT: Panel discussion: Establishing a Futureproof Foothold Beyond FLAP-D

WHERE: Grand Hotel Oslo, Oslo, Norway

WHEN: 26, September 2023 at 11:50 AM local time

WHO: Fabiola Bordino, Start Campus | Wojciech Stramski, Beyond.pl

To learn more about Start Campus, visit: https://www.startcampus.pt/en/

About Start Campus

Start Campus is responsible for the development of the SINES project, a Hyperscale Data Centre campus with a capacity of 495MW in Sines, in an investment of up to 3.5 billion euros. It will be one of the largest data center campuses in Europe and meets the growing demand from large international technology companies. It will create up to 1,200 direct highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028. It is located in Sines and will benefit from all the strategic advantages such as cooling systems with sea water, access to the high-voltage electricity grid, connectivity through the connection to international high-capacity networks of fiber optic cables with North America, Africa and South America. SINES project will be one of the largest data center ecosystems with 100% green energy at competitive prices in a premium location in Europe, which is the perfect gateway to Europe and the world. The first building is scheduled to open in end-2023.

Pioneering water-cooling technology set to elevate energy efficiencies and cooling capabilities at this emerging Atlantic Hub

Lisbon, September 7, 2023 – Start Campus, the company responsible for developing the SINES Project — a 495 MW hyperscale data center development — and Nautilus  Data Technologies announce a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Nautilus’ cooling technology to support sustainable cooling for Start Campus’s SINES Project operations.

Under the terms of the MoU, Start Campus will integrate Nautilus’ pioneering zero-water consuming cooling system, a patented technology proven to elevate energy efficiency and cooling capabilities across various phases of the project. As stated in the agreement, Start Campus and Nautilus will be working together to implement cooling technology during Phase 1 of construction, currently underway in Sines. The units will aid in enhancing existing cooling designs at the campus to fulfill Start Campus’s high-density, liquid-cooled server requirements. In Phase 2, Start Campus plans to leverage the full Nautilus’ integrated technology and delivery solution for its 120 MW expansion.

“At Start Campus, we believe in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the data center ecosystem,” says Afonso Salema, CEO of Start Campus. “Start Campus is always thrilled to find dedicated partners who share our vision for a sustainable and efficient data center model. This partnership with Nautilus aligns perfectly with our mission to explore innovative solutions that maximize efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. We can’t wait to see the future of this collaboration.”

“Nautilus provides the foundational infrastructure that, when combined with partners like Start Campus, paves the way for the most efficient and sustainable data centers,” says Rob Pfleging, CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, “Teaming up with Start Campus, a visionary in the data center sector, allows us to elevate the efficiency and environmental stewardship of our solutions. Together, we are reshaping the blueprint of tomorrow’s data center landscape.”

The signed agreement solidifies the shared ambition of Start Campus and Nautilus to revolutionize data center development through green innovation. Their combined expertise promises to shape the future of the industry, embracing sustainable practices and advanced cooling solutions.

As the partnership evolves, both entities foresee Nautilus’ patented water-cooling system playing an integral role in Start Campus’ designs. The mutual goal is to incorporate the full breadth of Nautilus’ cutting-edge technology across future projects, driving greater efficiency and sustainability in the data center sector.

For more information about Start Campus’s SINES project, visit https://www.startcampus.pt/en/.

About Nautilus Data Technologies

Nautilus Data Technologies is leading the charge in sustainable data center innovation with water-cooled data center solutions that provide the fastest speed to market while reducing the impact on nature. Nautilus infrastructure is designed, built, and operated for sustainability and efficiency, offering unrivaled performance outcomes. The company is headquartered in San Ramon, CA, and operates globally with a growing network of international suppliers and developers. For more information, visit https://nautilusdt.com

About Start Campus

Start Campus is responsible for the development of the SINES Project, a Hyperscaler data center campus with a capacity of up to 495 MW in Sines, an investment of up to €3.5 billion. It will be one of the largest data center campuses in Europe and meets the growing demand from large international technology companies. It will create up to 1,200 direct highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028. It is located in Sines and will benefit from all the strategic advantages such as seawater cooling systems, access to the high voltage electrical grid, connectivity through the connection to high capacity international networks of fiber optic cables with North America, Africa and South America. SINES Project will be one of the largest data center ecosystems with 100% green energy at competitive prices in a premium location in Europe, which is the perfect gateway to Europe and the world. To learn more about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt.