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Data Centres in Belgium: A growing hub for technology

11/06/2024

As technology continues to evolve and permeate both consumer and business landscapes in Belgium and globally, the interest in data centres has surged. The sector is experiencing remarkable transformation, with rapid expansion at its core. Belgium is increasingly becoming a pivotal player in this domain, offering a blend of strategic advantages that attract significant investments from global tech giants.

Belgium’s Strategic Location

Belgium’s central position within Europe positions it as an attractive hub for data centres. Its proximity to major European markets, coupled with a well-developed infrastructure, offers robust connectivity options—making it an ideal location for data centre operations. Belgium’s geographic advantage is complemented by its advanced logistics network, encompassing efficient road, rail, and port systems, which facilitate seamless operations and accessibility for businesses.

Global Players Invest in Belgium

Several major global players have recognized the potential of Belgium’s data centre market. Notably, Google has made substantial investments by establishing its European data centre cluster in Saint-Ghislain. This move underscores the country’s significance in the global data centre landscape. Google’s investment not only highlights the attractiveness of Belgium as a data centre destination but also sets a precedent for other tech giants considering similar ventures. The presence of such high-profile investments further cements Belgium’s reputation as a burgeoning data centre hub.

Power Demand and Infrastructure

The growing data centre market in Belgium has triggered an increased demand for power. As hyperscale data centres expand and energy-intensive technologies like AI and machine learning gain prominence, the need for advanced energy infrastructure becomes critical. According to a report1, the Belgium data centre market size will witness investments of USD 2.81 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 5.31%. This growth trajectory emphasizes the urgency for sustainable and reliable energy solutions to support the expanding data centre operations.


1  https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/5750172/belgium-data-center-market-investment-analysis

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Belgium is addressing these energy demands through innovative approaches, including the integration of renewable energy sources and the development of energy-efficient technologies. The country is making strides in green energy initiatives, which align with the broader European Union objectives for reducing carbon footprints and promoting environmental sustainability. Such efforts are not only vital for meeting the power needs of data centres but also for ensuring that the expansion of this sector aligns with global sustainability goals.

In conclusion, Belgium’s emergence as a key player in the data centre market is driven by its strategic location, robust infrastructure, significant investments from global tech giants, and supportive regulatory environment. As the sector continues to evolve, Belgium’s role as a technology hub is poised to strengthen, offering exciting opportunities for businesses and investors alike.

 

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