Global recognition for energy saving project


Heriot-Watt University, Universiti Teknologi in Malaysia, the Dearman Engine Company and Green Data Centre LLP have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Institution of Chemical Engineers (ICemE) awards.

The project was a partnership effort which aimed to cut energy consumption in the rapidly growing global Data Centre Sector by changing the way they are cooled. The team from Heriot-Watt’s Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) used the ground-breaking Dearman engine which uniquely harness liquid nitrogen to deliver zero-emission power and cooling.

The project could see energy consumption reduce by 50%. Currently, there are around eight million private and commercial data centres globally, with the digital world predicted to grow 44 times between 2009 and 2020. Over half the electricity consumed by these centres is for cooling.

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