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Rotherham Business wins Green Enterprise IT Award

posted 4 Apr 2013, 07:53 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 4 Apr 2013, 07:55 ]
Iceotope and its project partners have been selected for the prestigious 2013 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards by the Uptime Institute in the United States. The Awards recognise organisations that are pioneering projects and innovations which significantly improve energy productivity and use of resources in IT.

Iceotope, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, is the designer and manufacturer of the liquid cooled servers that have been installed at University of Leeds, whilst 3M Novec Engineered Fluids is used by Iceotope in its system as a high-performing inert chemical coolant with exceptional environmental benefits.  

The three organisations will be honoured at the eighth annual Uptime Institute Symposium taking place in Santa Clara, California, on 13-16 May, 2013. As part of the Symposium’s rich agenda, the three organisations will present a case study about their award-winning initiative.

“To be recognised in this manner, for what is just our first production system, really validates the work we’re doing with the likes of the University of Leeds and the environmental impact of this technology,” said Peter Hopton, Iceotope founder. 

”The data centre industry is in something of an energy crisis. The financial and environmental costs involved in powering a single facility are staggering and cooling inefficiencies are a significant factor. We believe that the Iceotope solution has the potential to drive change in the data centre industry for the better.”

The project at the University of Leeds has being recognised in the Facility Product Deployment category for the installation of Iceotope’s revolutionary liquid-cooled computer servers, which cut cooling costs by up to 97 per cent. The servers are cooled with 3M Novec Fluid which conducts the heat from the immersed servers. 

Iceotope designed and built its new server working with a team of researchers led by Dr. Summers from the University's School of Mechanical Engineering. The first production system has now been installed at the University after two years of testing prototypes. 

While most computers use air to cool their electronics, all of the components in the new server are completely immersed in 3M Novec Fluid. The power-hungry cooling fans of traditional computing are replaced by a silent next-generation liquid-cooling process that relies on the natural convection of heat. The new cooling process offers incredible efficiency gains without the logistical challenges of many liquid cooled solutions. 

The Iceotope solution also means that the waste heat can be re-used.  In the case of the University’s deployment, the hot water leaving the Iceotope system passes through a set of large domestic hot water radiators to warm the large open aspect laboratory.