Thursday, July 18, 2024

Kenya’s Eco Cloud and UAE’s G42 forge path towards sustainable digital future with 1GW geothermal-powered data center


Plans have been unveiled for the development of a cutting-edge 1GW data center, powered entirely by geothermal energy in a groundbreaking collaboration between Kenya’s EcoCloud and UAE’s G42. This initiative, hailed as a game-changer in the digital infrastructure sector, is poised to redefine cloud computing and AI services, catalyzing advancements in Digital Transformation not just within the region but on a global scale. 

This announcement marks a critical moment for Kenya, positioning the nation as a trailblazer in the global digital economy with the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signing between EcoCloud and G42 signaling the beginning of an ambitious project set to revolutionize the digital landscape across East Africa and beyond. 

Harnessing Kenya’s abundant geothermal resources, estimated at 10GW, the proposed mega data center will be strategically located within Kenya’s geothermal-rich region; Olkaria. The EcoCloud-G42 Mega Data Center is set to boast an initial capacity of 100MW, with the potential to scale up to an unprecedented 1GW, thereby setting a new benchmark for environmentally conscious data centers. 

This initiative underscores Kenya’s commitment to leveraging renewable energy for technological progress. The project aims to significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels, mitigate carbon emissions, and exemplify environmental stewardship on a global scale by capitalizing on the Earth’s natural heat. 

The signing ceremony, attended by Eng. Amos Siwoi, CEO of EcoCloud, and Peng Xiao, Group CEO of G42, in the presence of dignitaries including President William Samoei Ruto and Dr. Salim Ibrahim Binahmed Mohammed Alnaqbi, the UAE Ambassador to Kenya, marks the dawn of a new era for Kenya’s digital landscape. 

Beyond mere infrastructure development, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signifies an integrated approach toward nurturing a comprehensive ecosystem encompassing cloud services and AI. This initiative is poised to unlock unprecedented economic opportunities, foster innovation, and propel Kenya to the forefront of technological innovation in Africa, positioning it as a formidable player on the global stage. 

Eng. Amos Siwoi, CEO of EcoCloud, emphasized, “This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to sustainability and innovation. By harnessing geothermal energy, we are not only meeting the region’s data needs but also setting a new standard for eco-friendly infrastructure.” 

Peng Xiao, Group CEO of G42, echoed these sentiments, stating, “In forging this strategic partnership, G42 is proud to pioneer the fusion of groundbreaking technology with sustainability. This geothermal-powered data center represents a significant milestone in realizing Kenya’s potential as a global digital hub.” 

The launch of this mega data center serves as a clarion call for innovation, sustainability, and economic prosperity. It invites the world to witness Kenya’s remarkable transformation into a digital powerhouse, fueled by green energy and driven by the visionary leadership of its leaders. 

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