The engineers at Thomas-Krenn. AG have their sights set on a source of enormous potential savings. Greenpeace hit the nail on the head when it pointed out that, if the Internet were a country, it would have the sixth-highest energy consumption on the planet. Thomas-Krenn. AG has set out to help lower power consumption in data centers across Germany, which – according to studies by the Borderstep Institute – has been rising steadily since 2012. The company will be at the pavilion run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi) to exhibit the prototype of a new server cooling process that can make individual server systems and entire data centers much more energy efficient and quieter than its conventional counterparts.
Back in February 2015, the company’s engineers won a national bidding process for "Hot Fluid Computing – high-temperature liquid cooling for data center server components", which was initiated by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and supported with funding from the BMWi. Optimizing climate-control and cooling systems makes sense, as they currently account for the biggest share of energy consumption in data centers. "Hot Fluid Computing" is the process of cooling server components right where the heat is generated. What’s more, the liquid cooling system is integrated into building technology, so virtually all the waste heat from the servers can be used for heating or hot water. As a result, "Hot Fluid Computing" makes a double contribution to energy savings – first by recycling the waste heat from servers and, second, by eliminating the need for additional cooling systems, which means servers can run silently without any additional error-prone mechanical parts.
Thomas-Krenn. AG (94078 Freyung, Germany), Hall 6, Stand C38, partner of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs