Ghelamco sells Nexus sustainable-by-design Data Center in Brussels to Penta Infra

Published: 18-06-2024

Ghelamco is pleased to announce the sale of its newly-constructed Nexus data center campus in Brussels to European core and edge colocation provider Penta Infra, with Photon Capital as the lead investor.
Opened last month in the Green Energy Park in Zellik, northwest Brussels, the striking-looking nine-storey Nexus data center was designed with the collaboration of anchor tenants the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussels. With 7.2 MW of IT load based on a 12.5 MVA renewable power feed, the 10,000 sqm data center offers medium, high and extreme power-density modules, and will house the VSC Flemish Supercomputer. It is also one of the most sustainable data centers in Europe, with 100% renewable power, optimized PUE design, a photovoltaic facade generating up to 0.5 MW, rainwater recuperation for cooling, and 100% heat re-use based on a thermal smart grid. Uniquely, the carbon-neutral facility has been ‘triple-certified’; it has obtained BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for circular and sustainable building practices; EDGE Advanced status; and Uptime Institute Tier III certification for Design and Operational Sustainability. The site also offers plenty of room for future development.

“We are very proud of what we have achieved in developing this facility along with our partners," said Michael Gheysens, Ghelamco Managing Director Belgium. “It is innovative and progressive, we are confident it provides a valuable blueprint for next generation sustainable data center design. For Ghelamco this is the first of many data centers we will develop internationally, and we feel it is a perfect match for an experienced and environmentally-responsible colocation provider like Penta Infra.”