Technology developed by a Sheffield firm to slash the costs of cooling massive data centres has reached the finals of the Sustainable IT category of the inaugural Tech Trailblazers’ Awards.
The technology, developed by eco-friendly PC manufacturer Very PC’s sister company, Iceotope, can provide 24 hour free cooling for data centres even in the hottest parts of the world.
Having been shortlisted, all now depends on the response from the public, who can vote by visiting http://tech-trailblazers.wazoku.com/comp/sustainable/entries?
Iceotope has already won Startup Product of the Year at this year’s Techworld Awards and is riding high in the Tech Trailblazers contest.
Data centres are the workhorses of the internet and are packed full of computer servers, which generate massive amounts of heat and are usually cooled by fans and extractors to move hot air outside, where it goes to waste.
Iceland has even been seriously considered as a potential location for data centres because of the natural cooling offered by its icy climate.
Iceotope’s system uses heat pipes – hollow copper tubing filled with a non-conducting liquid developed by 3M, called Novec, which can remove heat 20 times faster than water – to encase the servers.
Once the heat has been conducted away it is transferred to water and the heat energy can be recovered and recycled to run building heating and cooling systems and for other purposes.
Iceotope says its system can keep servers at an optimum temperature even if the water in the heat transfer system reaches 50°C.