Nordic Data Center Construction Market

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Nordic Data Center Construction Market - Industry Outlook and Forecast 2020-2025

Nordic Data Center Construction Market

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Nordic Data Center Construction Market - Industry Outlook and Forecast 2020-2025

SKU : ARZ200514 Published on : June 2020 Pages : 263


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Nordic Data Center Construction Market Size, Share, & Trend Analysis By Electrical Infrastructure (UPS, Generators, Transfer Switches & Switchgears, Rack PDUs, Other Electrical Infrastructure), By Mechanical Infrastructure (Cooling Systems, Racks, Other Mechanical Infrastructure), By General Construction (Building Development, Installation & Commissioning Services, Building Designs, Physical Security, DCIM), By Tier Standards (Tier I & Tier II, Tier III, Tier IV), By Geography (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland & Iceland). Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2025


The Nordic data center market has been a favorable destination for data center developments and investments for hyperscale data center operators, colocation providers, and cryptocurrency operators. The adoption of cloud-based services, big data analytics, and IoT services has grown significantly by local enterprises across countries in the Nordic region, boosting local colocation demand in the market. Public cloud and hybrid infrastructure services have witnessed strong growth in recent years. The market is witnessing significant investments in submarine cable projects from service providers. Telecommunication providers are investing heavily to strengthen the broadband services in the region. The availability of renewable sources of energy is the major market driver, with majority of data centers powered through renewable energy sources.


The rapid spread of COVID-19 has significantly increased data traffic from March 2020 onwards. The global data center construction market is facing a major slowdown due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19. To provide high availability services, operators are taking precautionary measures for their on-site employees. Colocation data center operators have reduced onsite staff and postponed non-critical maintenance and construction projects.


  • Nordic will continue to be favorable destination for hyperscale operators as well as cryptocurrency data center operators
  • Denmark continues to dominate the market with 40% share in data center investments.
  • Changes in electricity related policies are not likely to affect investment flow into the region.
  • The use of free cooling will continue to increase the adoption of free cooling chillers and evaporative/adiabatic coolers in the Nordic market.
  • Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and AWS will continue to contribute to the market through self-built data center boosting the investment in the region.
  • The impact of COVID-19 is moderate in the market, with construction activities likely to continue at full pace from Q3 2020.

The Nordic data center construction market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 1.5% during the period 2019–2025.


This research report includes a detailed segmentation by electrical infrastructure, mechanical infrastructure, general construction, tier standards, and geography.



The increased data centers construction in Denmark is expected to observe the demand for intelligent and efficient power infrastructure solutions during the forecast period. The redundancy in infrastructures such as UPS systems and PDUs is likely to be over 2N, whereas for switchgears it will be N+1 configuration with dual power line inside and outside facilities. Several facilities in Sweden have adopted N+N redundant power infrastructure. Data centers must be flexible enough to facilitate additional redundancy. A majority of facilities will be powered by dual power lines, and rural developments will include on-site substations. The use of redundant diesel generators might reduce due to a strong power grid supply in the Nordic region. Generators and switchgears with N+1 redundant configuration are being adopted in the facilities. The UPS and PDUs in N+N, 2N, 2N+1 configuration are being installed due to their flexible designs. 


In terms of cooling, data centers in Denmark have an advantage as the region offers 85% free cooling annually. This reduces electricity consumption by cooling units by up to 50%. The data centers in Norway use free cooling chillers, adiabatic dry coolers, and evaporative coolers to cool down the IT infrastructure. The adoption of cooling techniques is highly dependent on the location and design of the facility. It is expected that most future investments will involve evaporative coolers, whereas the possibility of using an abundance of water resources is also high.

Sweden is a favorable location for both water-based cooling and free cooling techniques. Water-based cooling is possible owing to the waterbeds surrounding the country. It can benefit from free cooling for over 8,000 hours per year. However, most facilities in the country deploy free cooling chillers and evaporative coolers to leverage cold climatic conditions. Most data centers in Iceland deploy cooling techniques and use evaporative coolers for cooling facilities. Finland is a favorable location for both water-based cooling and free cooling solutions. The availability of land for data center development with water-based cooling from nearby lakes/rivers/oceans makes the country an ideal location for data center construction.


In Nordic, the market is completely dominated by greenfield development. In these projects, building development is carried out by major construction contractors in coordination with design and infrastructure providers and service operators. The involvement of sub-contractors is high as they have strong expertise in building structures in a particular location. Denmark continues to dominate with hyperscale greenfield development. These data center projects provide high revenue opportunities for general contractors. Local sub-contractors are also expected to witness continuous growth in their revenues during the forecast period. With the increased construction of hyperscale facilities, the demand for skilled professionals is likely to grow in the country. The growth in greenfield hyperscale facilities will generate more revenue for installation and commission service providers in Nordic.

The adoption of intelligent security solutions will continue to grow in Norway. Data centers are constantly monitored by CCTV surveillance and biometric identification systems. In terms of physical security, service operators in Sweden offer 24/7 onsite security with video surveillance. For instance, a data center facility in Sweden operates with on-site security personnel, mantrap entry, card and biometric access systems, video surveillance with 90-day video retention and motion detection sensors for security of the facility. Also, the facilities have adopted 24x7 onsite security staff, controlled access & facility service monitoring with multiple physical security layers.


The Tier I & Tier II data center market is expected to register a negative CAGR during the forecast period. The number of Tier I and Tier II facilities has reduced significantly over the past five years because of the increasing awareness of the use of redundant infrastructure. UPS and PDU systems in Tier II data centers are equipped with minimum N+N redundancy. A majority of under-developed projects across the Nordic region fall under the Tier III category. This trend is likely to continue during the forecast period. Many operators are expected to move to the Tier IV category based on the growth in rack power capacity and critical applications. In Finland and Iceland, there are three data centers that are Uptime Institute Certified under the Tier III category.


Facebook investments in its Odense Data Center Facility in Denmark is followed by Google broke ground on its first Denmark data center, which is likely to be functional by 2021. In terms of colocation providers, Bulk Infrastructure invested in its DK01 Campus along with investments from DigiPlex, GlobalConnect, and Interxion are investing in the data center market in Denmark. In Norway, Microsoft and Equinor contributed to the investment along with Green Mountain with investments in facilities such as DC2 Telemark and Telemark & Stavanger Data Center. In 2019, Stockholm was the major investment destination Sweden that includes seven facility development activities with an estimated investment of over $350 million. Hyperscale renewable procurement is growing YOY in the region. For instance, Google has signed a 12-year contract with a power company in Norway to supply 160 MW of wind energy to power its data centers in Europe. The country has ample renewable energy sources to support large facilities.


The Nordic data center construction market is witnessing a steady growth in terms of greenfield and modular data center construction, with the high adoption of efficient and modular data center infrastructure solutions. The market has evolved over the years with multiple innovations focused on reducing power and water consumption and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions. Schneider Electric, Eaton, Rittal, Vertiv, and ABB are leading vendors in the electrical infrastructure market. Vendors are also partnering with modular data center developers and direct liquid cooling providers to increase revenues. This trend is likely to continue during the forecast period.

The Nordic data center construction market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue and forecast insights for the following segments:

Market by Electrical Infrastructure 

  • UPS
  • Generators
  • Transfer Switches & Switchgears
  • Rack PDUs
  • Other Electrical Infrastructure 

By Mechanical Infrastructure    

  • Cooling Systems
    • CRAC & CRAH Units
    • Chillers
    • Cooling Towers & Dry Coolers
    • Other Units
  • Racks
  • Other Mechanical Infrastructure 

By General Construction 

  • Building Development
  • Installation & Commissioning Services
  • Building Designs
  • Physical Security
  • DCIM 

By Tier Standards

  • Tier I & Tier II
  • Tier III
  • Tier IV 

By Geography 

  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Finland & Iceland

Key Questions Answered 

  1. What is the Nordic data center construction market size and growth forecast?
  2. What are the factors impacting the growth of the Nordic data center construction market forecast?
  3. What are the leading drivers, trends, and restraints in the Nordic data center construction market?
  4. Who are the leading vendors and what are their market shares?
  5. What impact the COVID-19 Pandemic have on the market?


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