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Google doubles planned investment in Changhua center to US$600 mil.

TAIPEI--Google Inc. said Wednesday it will double its original planned investment of US$300 million in a data center in central Taiwan to US$600 million.

The announcement came after the U.S.-based search engine announced that it had scrapped a plan to build its own data center in Hong Kong and will instead expand its facilities in Taiwan and Singapore.

Google, meanwhile, trumpeted its new data center in Changhua County as having “innovative technologies” that will cut energy consumption by 50 percent, making it the company's most energy-efficient one to date.

Among the technologies featured are nighttime cooling and a thermal energy storage system.

“Building this data center in Taiwan is an exciting step for us. More new Internet users are coming online everyday here in Asia than anywhere else in the world,” Google said on its official website.

Joe Kava, Google's vice president of data centers, and Scott Beaumont, the company's managing director of Greater China, are expected to attend the ceremony.

The company announced in September 2011 that it had acquired 15 hectares of land in Changhua County with plans to build a data center that would allow its users in Taiwan and across Asia to have “the fastest and most reliable access possible to all of Google's services.”

Google said the center currently has more than 60 full-time employees and is still recruiting.

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Google's Vice President of Data Centers Joe Kava, center, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Liang Kuo-hsin (梁國新), second left, and others yesterday join in a ceremony to activate a data center in Changhua County, which boasts Google's largest data center in Asia. (CNA)

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