The mission of MyGreenHosting is to be 100% green. We have made it our number one priority to search for the most "off-the-grid" solution possible and couple it with exceptional customer service so that you get the best of both worlds. With this as our goal, we use geothermal powered servers and offer 100% green service with no compromise.
Important: our data is powered directly by geothermal and hydro-electricity, therefore our data center can honestly claim to be 100% CO2 free! That means your website when hosted with us will reduce the carbon footprint of the Internet.
Our data center is based in Iceland. Situated in the North Atlantic, Iceland occupies a unique position in the data center world. With abundant geothermal and hydroelectric energy sources, this rugged island is the site of the cleanest energy in the world.
Iceland´s geographic location provides an abundance of natural elements. Water is used in super-heated form as steam in geothermal power plants. Wind provides natural cooling.
These are the ideal conditions for data centers. The energy is clean and renewable. Pollution from energy production is non-existent. The carbon footprint is zero. Wind is used to control temperatures inside the data center which further increases efficiency.
Situated midway between Europe and North America, Iceland is in a prime location between the two. As well as saving and reducing carbon footprints, bandwidth usage and network latency are also minimized.
Iceland is connected to the world by three sub-sea cables that function together as single system. They are called FarIce (named after the first two islands on that cable, Iceland and Faroe Islands), DanIce (Denmark-Iceland) and Greenland Connect, which connects Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Utilization on these cables is low and bandwidth is plentiful.
Thor DC containers use an innovative and patented new cooling technology developed by Spain-based AST Modular. These enable Thor DC to operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of only 1.07 – probably the lowest on record.
Known as modular natural free cooling, the patented technology uses the naturally cool outside air of the Icelandic climate to maintain the correct operating temperature and humidity level inside the sensitive data storage containers.
This, and the fact that the electricity supplied to the center comes from renewable geothermal or hydropower sources means that Thor DC offers its customers a green data storage environment with zero carbon footprint, while benefiting itself from the ultra-energy efficient ‘natural and free’ cooling technology of the AST Modular concept.
Monitoring and controlling the critical parameters in each data storage container are two ABB AC500 programmable logic controllers (PLCs). These enable the data center to be cooled by free outside air instead of by conventional energy-hungry chillers.
ABB has been providing AST Modular with programmable logic controllers for several years, and has provided PLC solutions for other AST natural free cooling data centers in Australia and Denmark, which have PUE ratios of 1.09 and 1.13 respectively.
|Screenshots of the data measured and monitored by the AC500. The data is transferred to a SCADA system and monitored from the AST Modular control room in Barcelona, Spain. The data can be accessed and alarms received by iPads, iPhones and other tablets and mobile devices.|
The ABB solution consists of one active and one redundant AC500 PLC. The active PLC measures all the critical parameters in the data center – temperature, humidity, fan speed, energy consumption, fire and water detection, etc – to ensure that operating conditions within the container remain constantly optimal. The redundant PLC takes over control of the data center within just 20 milliseconds in the unlikely event of the active PLC failing.
AST Modular selected the ABB solution for its modularity, robustness and ability to provide all the required functionality necessary to ensure that the data storage centers can operate at exceptional levels of reliability and availability. ABB’s global footprint and ability to provide support and service all over the world were also vital to AST Modular’s requirements.
The AC500 is one of the world’s most widely used PLCs. Modular, scalable and flexible, the AC500 offers more memory (allowing more functionality, more precise algorithms and better visualization) than most competing PLCs. It is also one of the fastest PLCs on the market, providing faster programming, faster calculations and faster data transfer.