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ST Telemedia partners with Iceotope & Schneider Electric in liquid cooling POC

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ST Telemedia Global Data Centres will team up with Schneider Electric and Iceotope to conduct an immersion liquid cooling proof-of-concept (POC) in Singapore.

The POC aims to develop liquid cooling technology to help reduce both power and water consumption, as well as future-proof next-gen data centre builds.

The POC will make use of Iceotope’s chassis-level precision immersion technology which uses dielectric liquid as a heat transfer medium. According to Iceotope, using the dielectric fluid as a cooling medium instead of air provides higher thermal transfer capacity and improved efficiency.

The use of liquid cooling technology could reduce the reliance on energy-hungry components of the cooling ecosystem, such as chillers and computer room air-conditioning (CRACs) units.

“STT GDC is excited to be partnering with Schneider Electric and Iceotope on this POC as we take concrete steps to reduce resource consumption as part of our sustainable data centre framework,” said Daniel Pointon, Group CTO, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres.

“Liquid cooling technology is no longer a niche implementation but rather a near-term technology that, when scaled, can enable data centres to manage higher power density, reduce energy consumption and yet maintain operational reliability. We look forward to working with Schneider Electric and Iceotope on this exciting technology,” he added.

“We are delighted to be able to share the capability of Iceotope’s chassis-level precision immersion cooling with STT GDC’s and their customers,” said David Craig, Iceotope’s Chief Executive Officer. “Together we are deploying a liquid-cooled solution that brings game-changing savings in the use of water, energy, and space to enterprises driving towards net zero”.

“We are looking forward to supporting STT GDC in their efforts to become an even more sustainable business and continuing to play a key role in mitigating climate change with our customers and partners,” added Michael Kurniawan Iskandar, Secure Power Business VP for Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei Cluster at Schneider Electric.

“At Schneider Electric, we have a strong track record of supporting data centre operators with our best-in-class dynamic cooling optimisation solutions that leverage cutting-edge technology such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. As an impact company that has always championed sustainability and pioneered green innovations, marrying our expertise with STT GDC’s ambitions was a natural fit,” he said.

This initiative by STT GDC comes in the wake of the unveiling of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, developed to align with the framework set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). The group has committed to achieving carbon-neutral data centre operations by 2030. Currently, 43% of STT GDC’s electricity consumption is derived from zero-carbon renewable sources.

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