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EGA to launch data centres, fully run on renewable energy

EGA is developing the new data centres with local technology provider, Scientechnic. (Image source: EGA)

Emirates Global Aluminium announced the groundbreaking for its industrial data centres at its Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah sites

These will be the region’s first 100% renewable energy powered industrial data centres, the company said.

They can enable EGA to further deploy artificial intelligence and automation solutions, while reducing EGA’s total IT energy consumption by 50%

EGA is developing the new data centres with local technology provider, Scientechnic.

Scientechnic is headquartered in Dubai and is an integrated solution provider of electrical, mechanical, power, automation, and mobility technologies.

Around the world, computing accounts for approximately seven per cent of global electricity
consumption, and this is forecast to rise to 13% by 2030, according to the European

The development of the data centres and the use of the hybrid cloud together increase EGA’s data processing capacity by 2,300 times while significantly reducing unit processing costs.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, chief executive officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said, “EGA’s bold aspiration to innovate the future of aluminium production is a source of our global competitive advantage, and this includes leading our sector in the implementation of Industry 4.0. Our new data centres, combined with our existing cloud computing resources, transform our data processing capacity. Improving the environmental sustainability of EGA’s computing infrastructure is part of our commitment to embed sustainability in everything we do. The construction of EGA’s new on-site data centres is an important milestone in our goal to establish a thriving manufacturing innovation ecosystem in the UAE.”

Carlo K Nizam, chief digital officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said, “Our new data centres will optimise the resilience and sustainability of EGA's digital manufacturing platform which supports data-heavy artificial intelligence and advanced automation solutions. This will help enable EGA’s future ambition of self-optimising artificial intelligence driven plant operations, such as fully-autonomous crane and vehicle operations.”