Data Centre Dynamics
EcoDataCenter, the Swedish data center operator which aims to be climate-positive, is going to use immersion-cooled racks created by Iceotope and partners.
The chassis-level system, supplied by Iceotope, Schneider Electric and Avnet, will be installed in EcoDataCenter's colocation facility in Falun, which makes a point of reusing its waste heat in a district heating system and a combined heat and power (CHP) plant run by two of the founders of EcoDataCenter, the utilities Falu Energi and Vatten.
Using less energy
"The thing I’m excited about is that everything you’ve seen so far in liquid cooling has been customized projects for universities and HPCs, but now the interest from EcoDataCenter, will be pulling this through a traditional supply chain," Robert Bunger, program director in the CTO office at Schneider told DCD. "We are at the first steps of seeing how these kind of solutions can go from science projects and proofs-of-concept to industrialized solutions."
EcoDataCenter is the first customer for the joint system, announced by Iceotope, Schneider and Avnet in late 2019, which claims to cut the amount of energy used to cool data center IT by up to 90 percent, and overall data center energy use by up to 14 percent. Liquid cooling does away with the need for air conditioning systems and aisle containment, so the system also promises a lower operating cost and a smaller footprint. It should also improve hardware reliability, by providing a very consistent operating temperature.
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