Posted by Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl) Facebook today officially announced that it plans to open its second European data center in Clonee, Ireland. The town, which sits right outside of Dublin will play host to Facebook’s sixth data center overall. Construction will start soon and the new facility will go online sometime in late 2017 or early 2018. Facebook’s first European data center opened in Luela, Sweden back in 2013. When that facility went live, Facebook stressed how it would be able to run it on 100 percent renewable energy and use “the chilly Nordic air” to cool it. In Ireland, Facebook will also only use renewable energy to power the new data center. safe_imageAs for cooling, Clonee will use a system that’s similar to the one Facebook currently uses in Sweden and other locations, but because there’s too much salt in the air, it’ll have to filter the air more thoroughly than in other places before it can be used inside the building. In addition, the company also notes that the new location will be powered completely by hardware and software from its own Open Compute Project. Originally posted on TechCrunch. To read this post in its entirety, please click here.