The $2.4 billion Clean Compute Campus will break ground in Q1 of 2022.
On December 21, 2021, the City of Abilene and Taylor County announced a partnership with Houston-based Lancium to build one of the most significant projects in Abilene’s history; a Clean Compute Campus powered by renewable energy. The data facility will host bitcoin mining and other energy-intensive applications with an initial capacity of 200 megawatts of power, potentially expanding to over 1 gigawatt. The project’s investment will total $2.4 billion over 20 years and create 57 full-time jobs.
“We are very proud to be part of the community and build one of our flagship Clean Campuses in Abilene,” said Michael McNamara, Co-Founder and CEO of Lancium. “We chose Abilene for our second Clean Campus because of its ideal location, proximity to abundant wind and solar generation, high-quality workforce, and the opportunities to grow in the future. We want to thank the city, county, and all of the members of the economic development team that worked together to help make this significant milestone possible.”
Abilene and its strategic location in the south-central U.S. is home to three higher education institutions (Abilene Christian University, McMurry University, Hardin-Simmons University), a technical college (Texas State Technical College), and a community college. The presence of these institutions makes the area poised to provide a skilled workforce for future needs of the facility and any future projects.
Innovations Powering the Facility
Lancium’s Clean Compute Campus will break ground in Q1 2022 and is set to be built on roughly 800 acres in Taylor County and Abilene, pending annexation into the city limits, according to the press release.
Lancium’s Smart Response™ system enables the Clean Compute Campus to act as “Controllable Load Resources” (CLRs) for the electrical grid. The goal of developing these facilities by Lancium is to enable the continued integration of renewable energy into the grid, specifically the grid of ERCOT, by being built at critical points on the transmission system that are overwhelmed with renewable energy. The intellectual foundation and process of how these facilities work is further outlined in a Lancium-sponsored report, “Impact of Large, Flexible Data Center Operations on the Future of ERCOT.”
The partnership between Lancium, Abilene, and Taylor County comes after Lancium closed $150 million in financing to advance their ambitious growth strategy.
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