Immersion cooling company, Green Revolution Cooling (GRC), has released a new white paper report on sustainability in data centres which describes the role cooling plays in energy use and can play in leading sustainability efforts.
The report, ‘Liquid immersion cooling reduces power use and drives sustainability efforts in data centers’, says that powering traditional cooling infrastructure accounts for upwards of 40 per cent of total data centre energy consumption. 60 per cent of the world’s electricity is still generated using fossil fuels, meaning that few data centres are truly sustainable.
Even with a heightened awareness of this sustainability issue, the report suggests, the industry has not been able to move the needle in improving power usage effectiveness (PUE), which has hovered around 1.6 for almost a decade.
The white paper details the challenges of attaining sustainable power use in data centres utilising legacy technologies, and aims to demonstrate the benefits of liquid immersion cooling in overcoming these hurdles. With three-quarters of data centre operators focused on sustainability as a competitive differentiator, GRC says that it outlines a path forward, allowing them to continue increasing compute resources, while also empowering them to positively impact their carbon footprint. Reducing the power needed for cooling not only contributes to more environmentally responsible operations but also decreases operating costs.
“This white paper demonstrates the opportunity for data centre operators to design an integrated ecosystem that enables them to more easily implement liquid immersion cooling,” said Peter Poulin, CEO at GRC. “We know how immersion cooling improves energy use and decreases costs, permitting data centres to operate with more sensitivity to environmental concerns.”