Asetek Liquid Cooling To Support EU Initiative

A server tray using Asetek's Rack CDU Liquid Cooling system, which was announced this week. The piping system connects to a cooling distribution unit. (Source: Asetek)

A server tray using Asetek’s Rack CDU Liquid Cooling system. The piping system connects to a cooling distribution unit. (Source: Asetek)

Previously reserved for extreme densities and supercomputers, liquid cooling continues to make strides in the data center. Asetek announced that its data center liquid cooling solutions are a part of the European Commission roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy.  The solutions will support a new initiative by the European Commission to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

“The new initiative to reduce EU greenhouse gasses validates Asetek’s own goals of reducing data center energy costs and emissions.  Data centers consume today 2% of global electricity.  Our liquid cooling solutions will play a key role in reaching energy goals around the globe as data centers concentrate more and more on efficiency,” said David Garcia, VP & GM of Asetek’s Data Center Business Unit.

Liquid cooling has been used in U.S. government data centers that house supercomputers, and has made inroads towards enabling  rack servers and blade servers as well.  Late last year the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it will convert one of its data centers to use a liquid cooling system from Asetek.

The primary product from Asetek in use is its RackCDU — a hot water, direct-to-chip, data center liquid cooling system. It removes heat from CPUs, GPUs, memory modules and other hot spots within servers and takes it all the way out of the data center using liquid, where it can be cooled for free using outside ambient air, or recycled for building heat or hot-water.

Denmark-based Asetek recently filed for an Initial Public Offering on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Offering between 3.6 and 4.35 million new shares, the company hopes to raise approximately $25 million. The company’s RackCDU was also selected by Norway’s University of Tromsø for a pilot install of the liquid cooling rack in the university’s High Performance Computing facility. Asetek will reduce energy consumption of the data center and enable waste heat from servers to heat the university campus.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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