Castrol partners with Hypertec to speed up immersion cooling tech for data centres

Castrol has recently partnered with Hypertec, an expert in immersion cooled server design and implementation, to promote the widespread adoption of Hypertec’s immersion cooling solutions for data centres. By combining Hypertec’s technology with Castrol’s cutting-edge fluid technology, both companies will collaborate on developing and testing state-of-the-art immersion cooling systems at Castrol’s global headquarters in Pangbourne, UK.

Earlier, Castrol announced its commitment to invest up to £50 million in upgrading its headquarters at Pangbourne. Now, with the first systems in place and fully operational, the research will focus on advancing immersion cooling technologies across various systems, servers, and fluids to provide customers with top-notch, integrated solutions.

Hypertec becomes the first server original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to join Castrol in its endeavour to accelerate immersion cooling technology. Building on Castrol’s existing partnership with Submer, another leader in immersion cooling, the Pangbourne facility has been equipped with modified SmartPod and MicroPod tank systems to test new fluids and server technologies.

This collaboration allows Castrol to further develop offerings for data centre customers and explore immersion cooling as a sustainable and efficient path for data centre operations. Immersion cooling can significantly reduce water usage and the power consumption required to operate and cool server equipment.

Nicola Buck, chief marketing officer at Castrol said: “We are proud to work with Hypertec to help us drive forward the adoption of immersion cooling technology. With a robust network of allies like Submer and Hypertec, we can innovate more quickly and develop integrated solutions that advance the efficiency of data centres while pushing the limits of current technologies. Together with Hypertec and Submer, we can develop differentiated and integrated solutions that help our customers.”

Eliot Ahdoot, Hypertec’s chief innovation and sustainability officer said: “Our work with Castrol and Submer strengthens our commitment to more sustainable and innovative technology solutions. Working closely with Submer since 2021, we’ve developed high-density and more sustainable immersion cooling solutions. This collaboration with Castrol will significantly contribute to their fluid testing and integrated energy efforts.”

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