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12 May 2022

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ST Telemedia Global Data Centres partners with Iceotope for immersion cooling proof of concept

Singapore's ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) has announced a partnership with Iceotope and Schneider Electric to conduct a proof-of-concept for immersion liquid cooling in Singapore. The purpose of the PoC is to explore this emerging technology, build next-generation data centers that are future-proof and reduce power and water consumption.

The proof of concept will utilize Iceotope's chassis-level immersion cooling technology, which utilizes dielectric liquid as a heat transfer medium. The liquids used by Iceotope are touch-safe, non-conductive, non-toxic, non-flammable and non-ozone depleting. Dielectric fluid provides a better thermal transfer capacity and efficiency than air when used as a cooling medium. In addition, with the possibility of all-liquid cooled data centers in the near future, this technology promises to reduce the reliance on the energy-hungry traditional components of the cooling ecosystem such as chillers and computer room air conditioning (CRAC).

Other immersion cooling solution vendors like Asperitas, Submer en GRC have also established partnerships to test their technology under real-life conditions.

As part of its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, STT GDC is building on a formal engagement process, existing concepts of creating long-term value, recognising challenges, and adapting to the specific nuances of the data center sector. Their strategy was developed to align with the goals and framework set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). The commitment includes achieving carbon-neutral data center operations by 2030 for the entire group. Across various countries and as a group, 43% of STT GDC's electricity consumption is derived from zero-carbon renewable sources.

Photo credit: ST Telemedia Global Data Centres

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