UK-Malaysia project to develop green data centres

A UK and Malaysian consortium aims to develop the next generation of green data centres. They will improve their sustainability by changing the way data centres are cooled with the […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A UK and Malaysian consortium aims to develop the next generation of green data centres.

They will improve their sustainability by changing the way data centres are cooled with the help of innovative technologies.

The consortium is made up of clean cold technology company Dearman, Green Data Centre, Heriot-­Watt University and University of Technology in Malaysia.

The research expects to reduce energy consumption by up to 50%, improve energy security and cut emissions caused by diesel-powered backup generators.

A “next generation green data centre” will be established in Malaysia which will feature cutting-­edge liquid submersion cooling technologies alongside and engine to provide zero emission back up power and cooling.

The project has been awarded funding from the UK’s £731 million Newton Fund, which aims to use science and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare.

Toby Peters, Founder and CEO of Dearman said: “Data is at the heart of the modern world. From our social lives, to global finance, to industrial processes and logistics, effective management of data is essential to support our economy and to achieve development around the world but although people may not realise it, online activity has a considerable energy requirement and an enormous environmental footprint.

“This project, which brings together world class innovation from the UK and Malaysia, has the potential to revolutionise the way that data centres are cooled and therefore the energy they require. The research could represent an important step towards making the digital world a much greener place to interact, to share information and to do business.”

Sustainability and energy efficiency will be part of the discussions at the Energy Live 2016 conference in London next week. There are limited free tickets for energy end users and university students.