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Three organisations team to win 2013 Green Enterprise IT Award for energy efficient servers

4 April 2013

Uptime Institute has selected the University of Leeds as a winner of the prestigious 2013 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards, which recognises organisations that are pioneering projects and innovations that significantly improve energy productivity and use of resources in IT.  The University of Leeds, alongside fellow contributors, Iceotope and 3M will be showcased at the Uptime Institute Symposium ceremony next month.  Iceotope is the designer and manufacturer of the liquid cooled servers that the University of Leeds installed.  3M, the diversified technology company, is the inventor of 3M Novec Engineered Fluids which was chosen by Iceotope as it is a high-performing inert chemical coolant with exceptional environmental benefits.  It is thermally stable, non-ozone depleting and has a very low global warming potential. 

These three organisations will be honoured at the eighth annual Uptime Institute Symposium taking place in Santa Clara, California, on 13-16 May 2013.  As part of the Symposium’s rich agenda, the three organisations will present a case study about their award-winning initiative.

According to Dr. Jon Summers, senior lecturer and researcher at Leeds:  “It’s fantastic that the University is being recognised for its contributions to lessening the environmental footprint of its IT systems.  As part of this goal the University is endeavouring to implement new approaches whenever possible, as was the case with the Iceotope and 3M liquid cooling installation.  This project also benefited from the involvement of a University research team that was significantly involved in the development of the original technology, before the first production model found a home inside our facility.” 

The University of Leeds is being recognised in the Facility Product Deployment category for the installation of Iceotope’s revolutionary liquid-cooled computer servers, which cut cooling costs by up to 97 per cent.  The servers are cooled with 3M Novec Fluid which conducts the heat from the immersed servers.  Iceotope designed and built its new server working with a team of researchers led by Dr. Summers from the University's School of Mechanical Engineering.  The first production system has now been installed at the University after two years of testing prototypes.  While most computers use air to cool their electronics, all of the components in the new server are completely immersed in 3M Novec Fluid. The power-hungry cooling fans of traditional computing are replaced by a silent next-generation liquid-cooling process that relies on the natural convection of heat.  The new cooling process offers incredible efficiency gains without the logistical challenges of many liquid cooled solutions.  The Iceotope solution also means that the waste heat can be re-used.  In the case of the University’s deployment, the hot water leaving the Iceotope system passes through a set of large domestic hot water radiators to warm the large open aspect laboratory.

“To be recognised in this manner, for what is just our first production system, really validates the work we’re doing with the likes of the University of Leeds and the environmental impact of this technology,” said Peter Hopton, Iceotope founder.  ”The data centre industry is in something of an energy crisis.  The financial and environmental costs involved in powering a single facility are staggering and cooling inefficiencies are a significant factor.  We believe that the Iceotope solution has the potential to drive change in the data centre industry for the better.”

The 2013 GEIT Awards are sponsored by Sabey Data Centers.  Entries are reviewed by an international committee of independent judges following a double-blind process.  The Uptime Institute Symposium brings together thought leaders serving the global Digital Infrastructure™ industry.  For information about the Symposium 2013, visit http://symposium.uptimeinstitute.com/

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About the University of Leeds
The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise showed the University of Leeds to be the UK's eighth biggest research powerhouse.  The University is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK and a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities.  The University's vision is to secure a place among the world's top 50 by 2015.  www.leeds.ac.uk

About Iceotope
Iceotope R&D LTD has been established to develop and deliver 'full time free cooling for ICT anywhere'.  This is done by combining next generation liquid cooling technology, industry standard ICT and Iceotope’s own I.P.  Designed with environmental impact in mind, this is the first truly sustainable and resource efficient solution to ICT cooling.  Iceotope’s patented energy efficient technology is designed engineered and manufactured in Great Britain.

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About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute provides independent thought leadership, certification, education and professional services for the global Digital Infrastructure™ industry.  It serves all industry stakeholders, including enterprise and third-party data center owners and operators, manufacturers, service providers and engineers.  Through Uptime Institute Professional Services, Uptime Institute delivers due diligence assessments and Certifications of site infrastructure and site management in accordance with the Tier and Operational Sustainability Standards.

Uptime Institute is a division of The 451 Group.  Headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Singapore, The 451 Group also owns 451 Research, a leading technology-industry syndicated research and data service focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation, and Yankee Group, the preeminent research and advisory firm equipping companies to profit in a mobile world.