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Taking the heat out of data centres: New cooling solution for connected world

Niamh Marriott, Editor

05/05/2020

Tags: Data Centre Management

Topics: Data Centre Management

In response to rising data centre usage and power demand, MIVOLT has launched two specialist fluids to improve cooling efficiency, allowing for more efficient data centres.

Adjusting lifestyle choices, to include 5G, autonomous vehicles and AI are significant drivers to greater data consumption and therefore greater power demand and cooling requirements to data centres. However, energy efficiency measures such as improved cooling are key to decoupling data growth from energy consumption.

Data centres are set to become a focal point for climate conversations as their carbon impact becomes more pronounced, potentially accounting for 1/5 of global power demand in 2025. Creating a greener power mix is one aspect of reducing the environmental impact of data centres, but this must be paired with reducing power demand from cooling.

MIVOLT is a dielectric fluid, which can be used to immersion cool data centre servers. As the fluid is non-conductive, it can come into direct contact with electrical components resulting in more effective heat removal. The innovation is also biodegradable and manufactured without fluorine. Immersion cooling can improve power usage efficiency by more than 20% and can also reduce the physical space required for data centres and their equipment.

Immersion cooling significantly reduces the need for other types of cooling such as air conditioning, as well as the need to locate data centres in cooler climates. Locating data centres closer to consumption will be key to improving latency to support trends such as remote communications and artificial intelligence.

James O’Brien, Product Group Director of M&I Materials, comments: “After successfully entering the EV market with innovative fluids that will improve the performance of batteries, we wish to replicate that success in data centres, too. There’s clearly a growing demand for data, most notably as we increasingly look to connect remotely, so it’s a natural progression of the MIVOLT offering. I’m proud to launch CL200 and CL300 today which offer improved safety and efficiency for data centres.”

MIVOLT has been developed by parent company M&I Materials. Based in Manchester, M&I has a long history in developing innovative materials for niche applications, supporting sectors as diverse as power transformers to F1 engineering.

James O’Brien adds “With manufacturing sites in across the world, M&I Materials is well positioned to quickly and effectively deliver an environmentally friendly solution for data centre cooling anywhere in the world. We can use this global network and rich heritage in dielectric fluids to support data centre cooling as it remains critical to all industries from health to energy and bitcoin mining to banking.”

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