Google Embraces Thermal Storage in Taiwan

The 8 million gallon tank providing thermal energy storage for McCormick Place and a nearby Digital Realty Trust data center building (seen in background).

Google said today that it would use a thermal storage system for the first time in its new data center in Taiwan. Thermal energy storage can reduce costs by allowing companies to run air conditioning systems at night, when power rates are cheaper. Read More

Too Hot for Humans, But Google Servers Keep Humming

The Google data center in Belgium, which features no chillers and routes traffic to other facilities during hot spells. (Photo from Google)

Raising the temperature in server racks can make a data center more efficient. But what happens if the room gets too hot for people? If you’re Google, the servers keep humming along while the humans retreat to climate-controlled sections of the building. Read More

Eaton to Offer STULZ Cooling Products

Eaton Corporation will expand its data center product portfolio by offering its customers cooling equipment from STULZ Air Technology Systems, the companies said this week at the AFCOM Data Center World Conference in Las Vegas. Read More

Closer Look: Iceotope Liquid Cooling

A side view of how the Iceotope liquid cooling modules slide into a water-cooled chassis within a rack (Source: Iceotope)

It’s been more than two years since Iceotope launched its liquid cooling system at the SC09 conference. This week the company has re-emerged at Cebit marketing a cooling system that encapsulates servers in heat pipes containing 3M’s Novec fluid as its heat removal medium.
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Facebook Seeks Patent on Cooling Automation

Engineers from Facebook are seeking a patent on a data center cooling system that uses a load balancer to automatically shift workloads among racks of servers. The system is one of several approaches to intelligent cooling systems in which servers, sensors and cooling equipment can “talk” to one another. Read More

Dealing with Mixing Below Your Data Center’s Floor

Many data centers supply cooling far in excess of what is required or have problems distributing cooling where it is really needed. The most cited cause for such inefficient cooling is a phenomenon known as mixing, in which cool and warm air mix before entering server intakes. Often, when mixing is discussed, the area under the raised floor is ignored because it is hidden from sight. Read More

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