The latest application of Dearman’s clean ‘cold and power’ technology will feature as part of a joint UK and Malaysian consortium project, which will develop the next generation of green data centres in response to intensified global data demand.

As the internet becomes increasingly essential for everyday functions, one of the core challenges facing vast data centres today is to ensure that servers don’t overheat – a feat that can consume up to 50% of the total energy used in the facility.

In a bid to find a solution, the consortium, which also consists of Green Data Center LLP (GDC), Heriot-Watt University and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, has been awarded a Newton Fund grant to improve the sustainability of data centres.

As part of the initiative, an advanced prototype centre will be established in Malaysia, featuring a Dearman Engine, which will harness the expansion of liquid nitrogen (N2) to provide the site with zero-emission back up cooling and power.

“This project has the potential to revolutionise the way that data centres are cooled and therefore the energy they require”

Toby Peters, founder and CEO of Dearman

The facility will also utilise GDC’s innovative liquid submersion cooling technologies – dubbed ‘Eco2.’ Its modular, end-to-end cooling solution employs a coolant that is over a thousand times more efficient than the standard power usage effectiveness (PUE) of air.

The research is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by up to 50%, improve energy security and reduce localised emissions caused by diesel powered backup generators.

Toby Peters, founder and CEO of UK-based business Dearman, highlighted, “Data is at the heart of the modern world. But, although people may not realise it, online activity has a considerable energy requirement and an enormous environmental footprint.”

“This project 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.”

The Newton Fund was launched in 2014 and now has a total UK investment of £735m ($897m) to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the fund.