Simec Atlantis Energy has unveiled plans for what could be the world’s first ocean energy-powered data centre, a “hyperscale” IT hub in the Caithness region of Scotland to be run off the technology developer’s nearby MeyGen tidal array.

The ambitious scheme, which Atlantis is fleshing out with engineering outfit AECOM, would be developed around a private-wire network between its operational marine renewables project and a yet-to-be-built data centre, with connections to multiple international subsea fibre optic cables, providing a fast, broad bandwidth connection “to London, Europe and the US”.