A joint UK-Malaysia pilot project aiming to improve the sustainability of data centres is nearing completion.
The Newton-funded UK and Malaysia Green Data Centre project brought together world-class innovators Dearman, Green Data Center, Heriot-Watt University and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Changing the way a data centre is cooled represents an important step towards making the digital world a much greener place to interact and do business. More than half the electricity consumed by these centres is for cooling.
The next-generation green data centre in Klang Valley, Malaysia features cutting-edge liquid submersion cooling technologies alongside a Dearman engine, offering clean, sustainable back-up power and cooling. Its aim is to reduce energy consumption by 50% and reduce emissions caused by diesel back-up generators.
The Dearman engine is driven by the expansion of liquid nitrogen, and crucially the only emission is air or nitrogen, with no harmful emissions of NOx, CO2 or particulates.
Speaking about the project, Adam Payne, Dearman’s Senior Project Engineer, said, “There is a clear rising demand for energy use in data centres. The development of a clean sustainable data centre demonstrates how the Dearman engine can benefit a range of technologies without adding harmful pollutants to the local area. The Green Data Centre has been an exciting opportunity to grow Dearman’s capabilities.”