Energy-efficient data centres

By Andy Brown04 June 2021

The construction of data centres is increasing at a rapid pace

Bechtel and Nautilus Data Technologies are working together to construct data centres that use up to 70% less power for cooling and eliminate the consumption of drinking water.

The building of data centres is a major trend in construction. The global market for data centre construction in 2020 was estimated to be worth US$21 billion and projected to reach US$33 billion by 2027 according to the report, Data Centre Construction – Global Market Trajectory and Analysis.

“Data centres support critical aspects of local, regional and international economic development. As demand for these facilities continues to grow, so does the demand for the resources necessary to power and cool them,” said Peter Nelson, director of infrastructure development, Bechtel Enterprises.

“Our partnership with Nautilus provides a much more environmentally sustainable solution that means we can help our customers meet soaring digital needs responsibly.”

Nautilus’ data centres enable and support the energy-intensive, high-performance servers needed for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications that are increasingly critical in smart city, smart transportation and smart grid solutions.

Nautilus’ Total Resource Usage Effectiveness (TRUE) technology, is a patented closed-loop water cooling system that uses naturally cold water to keep server racks cool. Its cooling methods use 70% less power than traditional computer room air-conditioning uses for cooling, leading to a 30% net reduction in energy-related CO2 and air pollution.

The system uses naturally cold water from rivers, lakes or bays and returns all of it to its source after use.

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