Microsoft in Iceland has received a written inquiry from Microsoft CEO Bill Gates to investigate the possibility of opening a server farm in Iceland, which running requires considerable amounts of energy.
“Discussions are going on and we have put a lot of work into this. We have received good response and nothing has worked against us so far,” the managing director of Microsoft in Iceland, Halldór Jörgensson, told Fréttabladid.
Jörgensson will probably present the progress of his investigation at a meeting at Microsoft’s headquarters next week. Representatives of Microsoft plan to come to Iceland in May and a decision will not be made until then.
Jörgenssen explained that it requires a lot of energy to run a server farm and since there is more energy in Iceland than in many other countries, it could prove to be a good location. However, Jörgenssen said he had not discussed prices with local energy companies.
The idea of a server farm in Iceland was first discussed between the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Bill Gates at a conference in Scotland in January.