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Uptime Institute Honors Novel Data Center Liquid Cooling Process
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May 16, 2013

Uptime Institute Honors Novel Data Center Liquid Cooling Process

By Calvin Azuri
TMCnet Contributor

The University of Leeds and 3M (News - Alert) Company, in association with Iceotope Research and Development Ltd., are in the process of enhancing energy proficiency in servers with the help of novel data center liquid cooling methods. The Uptime Institute has honored these efforts with a Green Enterprise IT or GEIT Award, bestowed upon organizations for ground-breaking projects and developments that considerably enhance energy productivity and utilization of assets in IT.

The case study developed by the University of Leeds has been awarded a GEIT Award in the Facility Product Deployment category. The case study provides in-depth information regarding the installation of the Iceotope Solution, a novel liquid cooled server system designed and manufactured by Iceotope and 3M Novec Engineered Fluids. The Iceotope Solution was developed at the University’s School of Mechanical Engineering thermofluids laboratory.

In a statement, Joe Koch, business director for the Electronics Markets Materials Division at 3M, said, “The team at the University of Leeds and Iceotope are true visionaries for finding innovative ways to respond to sustainability and energy efficiency needs in data centers. We applaud their dedication and leadership and hope their accomplishments will inspire other industry leaders to come forward in helping to find better ways to address energy efficiency. In addition, the collaboration with our partners is consistent with 3M’s longstanding commitment to sustainable development and demonstrates 3M’s culture to work with our customers to meet energy-efficiency and sustainability objectives.”

Novec fluid was selected by Iceotope mainly for its exceptional dielectric heat transfer performance with outstanding environmental properties. The energy utilized to cool IT equipment is now decreased by a minimum of 97 percent, avoiding the requirement for chillers and air conditioning units. The heat generated from the system is also recycled for heating the laboratory.

 “As we are recognized for the successful deployment of the University of Leeds system with the GEIT award,” said Peter Hopton, founder and CEO of Iceotope, “we continue to collaborate with 3M to bring our cutting-edge liquid encapsulation cooling technology solution to the U.S. market to address the rising data center energy costs and high-performance computing needs as well as water and space conservation needs in a manner that fully conforms to industry standards.”

Edited by Alisen Downey

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