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EcoDataCenter deploys liquid cooling tech by Iceotope

14 May 2020

EcoDataCenter has signed up to be the first data centre firm to deploy chassis-level immersion liquid cooling technology developed by Iceotope with partners Schneider Electric, and Avnet.

EcoDataCenter’s Sweden colocation facility will lead the way in offering chassis-level immersion cooling technology for customer’s hosted IT loads.

Iceotope developed the cooling solution to deliver 46kW per rack, with future proofing densities of more than 100kW.

According to Iceotope, liquid cooling can improve chip and hard drive reliability by providing a lower stable operating temperature. It can also increase the available white space by eliminating the requirement for hot aisle and cold aisle layouts. The arrangement enables high-grade heat to be captured for reuse in a local renewable energy scheme.

“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’re 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,” explains Iceotope CEO David Craig.

Liquid cooling can offer benefits such as greater efficiency; lower operating costs, smaller footprint, increased reliability, and nearly silent operation despite the high-power densities of evolving GPU technologies.

Iceotope adds that chassis-level immersive cooling shows CapEx savings of 14% and at least 10% energy savings, when compared with traditional air-cooled approaches for a 2MW facility. 

“EcoDataCenter has 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 EcoDataCenter CEO Lars Schedin.

“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 centres. Together we are empowering customers to take action for a more sustainable future.”

Schneider Electric’s liquid cooling program director, CTO office, Rob Bunger says that Schneider Electric is also committed to reducing the energy consumption and environmental impact of today’s data centres.

“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.”

EcoDataCenter’s plant in Falun, Sweden is connected to Falun Heating and Power Plant and can lead surplus heat directly back to the heating plant and into the biofuel production plant. The facility is run entirely on renewable energy sources.