EcoDataCenter in Falun, the world's first climate-positive data center, is now taking another step towards reduced energy use. A new method for liquid-based cooling, developed in a collaboration between Schneider Electric, Iceotope and Avnet, is estimated to reduce energy consumption in the data center by up to 14 percent.
The plant in Falun is entirely powered by renewable energy sources and thanks to the integration with Falu Energi & Vatten all waste heat is led back to the heating plant. To further reduce energy consumption, a completely new, chassis-based liquid cooling method is now being installed. The method has been developed in a collaboration between the energy specialist Schneider Electric, the cooling technology company Iceotope and the consulting company Avnet, which works with technical integration. Implementation is estimated to reduce energy consumption for rack cooling by up to 90 percent and for the entire data center by about 14 percent.
Developed by Iceotope, the chassis-level immersion cooling solution will enable 46kW per rack, with the core technology capable of scaling to future-proof power densities of over 100kW. Liquid cooling can improve chip and hard drive reliability by providing a lower stable operating temperature, as well as increasing the available white space by eliminating the requirement for hot aisle/cold aisle layouts. Importantly, the cooling arrangement enables high-grade heat to be captured for reuse in a local renewable energy scheme.
“We have embraced this innovative new technology as an early-adopter, knowing that companies in the market will soon see the operational and environmental benefits, and follow our lead,” says Lars Schedin, CEO of EcoDataCenter. “The integration of Iceotope, Schneider Electric and Avnet liquid cooling enables us to set ground-breaking, new industry standards for energy efficient, high-availability data centers. Together we are empowering customers to take action for a more sustainable future.”
Liquid cooling offers a lower TCO
With an operating PUE of 1.03, analysis of chassis-level immersive cooling shows significant CapEx savings of 14 percent and at least 10 percent energy savings, when compared with traditional air-cooled approaches for a 2MW facility. Over a 20-year period, this provides a reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of 11 percent.
David Craig, CEO of Iceotope says, “Chassis-level immersion cooling offers colocation, hyperscale and edge computing environments a practical and industry-leading solution for cooling high-density, critical IT loads. We are delighted to be working alongside EcoDataCenter where our liquid cooling technology is helping to deliver reliable IT services with little or no impact on the environment, whilst helping to reduce costs associated with energy usage even further.”
Additional benefits of liquid cooling
Announced earlier this year as the industry’s first commercially available integrated rack with chassis-level immersive cooling, the collaborative solution from Iceotope, Schneider Electric and Avnet combines a high-powered GPU server with Iceotope’s liquid cooling technology to increase energy and cooling efficiency. Avnet’s expertise in integration is key, allowing EcoDataCenter, and other customers from the cloud to the edge, to utilize liquid-cooled servers inside Schneider Electric’s NetShelter™ liquid-cooled integrated rack enclosures.
Liquid cooling also offers a number of other benefits to customers, including greater efficiency; lower operating costs, a smaller carbon footprint, increased reliability, and nearly silent operation despite the high-power densities of evolving GPU technologies.
“Schneider Electric is committed to reducing the energy consumption and environmental impact of today’s data centers,” said Rob Bunger, Liquid Cooling Program Director, CTO Office, Schneider Electric. “The deployment at EcoDataCenter presents a significant milestone for our industry and demonstrates a clear business case for greater innovation and sustainability in IT deployments.”
Contact for further information
Magnus Angermund, CMO, EcoDataCenter
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EcoDataCenter is the world’s first climate-positive data center. With an innovative design and world-leading technology, we build and operate data centers for colocation, HPC and wholesale/hyperscale. Our plant in Falun is connected to Falun Heating and Power Plant and leads our surplus heat directly back to the heating plant and into the biofuel production plant. Our facility is run entirely on renewable energy sources and is designed to be as energy efficient as possible. EcoDataCenter is a company in rapid growth that aims to grow both by acquiring and building several data centers.
Iceotope’s next generation cooling technologies manage the heat generated by electronics from the cloud to the edge. Our chassis-level immersion cooling technologies – with precision delivery of dielectric liquid – can easily accommodate the increasing heat loads from the latest processor roadmaps. Engineered to fit all standard form factors including retrofit, our technologies can cool the whole IT stack – in every use case – from the cloud to the edge. They can also be compacted into smaller custom form factors to enable edge compute, networking and storage in places that just haven’t been possible until now. By removing the need for fans and air-cooling infrastructure our technologies operate in pure silence, bringing game-changing reductions in energy and water consumption, and significant cost reductions in the design, build and operation of data centres. Because our technologies are sealed and impervious to dust, heat and humidity, they can be deployed in the harshest environments.
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