Rochester, MN – May 4, 2018 – LiquidCool® announced today the final results of a two-year test of its LSS (Liquid Submerged Server) by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The laboratory study and demonstration results further validate LiquidCool’s directed-flow, liquid submerged servers for high-efficiency data centers.
In 2015, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) selected LiquidCool to participate in the program to further develop and accelerate commercialization of its server cooling system. The IN2 program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by NREL, is a $30 million program that helps speed the path to market for clean technologies aimed at supporting resilient, smart and connected communities that will enable cities to achieve greater sustainability.
On April 19, Wells Fargo announced it will provide $200 billion in financing through 2030 to sustainable businesses and products. More than 50 percent of the financing will be focused on companies and projects that directly support the transition to a low-carbon economy, including clean technologies, renewable energy, green bonds, and alternative transportation. The remainder of the financing will support companies and projects focused on sustainable agriculture, recycling, conservation, and other environmentally beneficial activities.
“Wells Fargo’s support of companies like LiquidCool through the IN2 program is a great example of our commitment to the U.S. renewable energy market and the advancement of clean energy and technology,” said Mary Wenzel, head of sustainability at Wells Fargo and IN2 board member. “We are looking forward to seeing LiquidCool grow and deliver future innovations that help to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
NREL, the United States’ principal laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development, installed eight high-performance LiquidCool® Liquid Submerged Servers at its Thermal Test Facility (TTF) in Golden, CO. The national laboratory conducted tests in two phases. In the first phase, NREL researchers made key findings related to heat recovery efficiency; the servers’ ability to heat facility water to a useful temperature; and confirmed the servers’ ease-of-use and reliable operation.
Under the recently completed Phase Two testing, LiquidCool LSS system demonstrated reliability by running operational workloads for two years while heating reuse water to 120°F at DOE’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) data center located on the NREL campus. NREL researchers confirmed that the LiquidCool system recovered more than 90% of the server waste heat. The LiquidCool servers can be a key technology to enable centers will PUE less than 1.06. The study also confirmed that LiquidCool servers could actually recover useable building heat at temperatures up to 60°C/140°F without the need to use expensive heat pumps making it a more efficient system than NREL’s current solution.
The LiquidCool system will continue to support NREL’s building program through September 2018 by providing a computing platform for researchers to simulate building energy-efficiency measures using the OpenStudio® Server platform.
“The IN2 program has provided an independent validation that LiquidCool technology is a reliable, energy-efficient data center solution that requires very little capital investment,” said Darwin Kauffman, CEO, LiquidCool. “Feedback from the NREL team has given us critical insight to what kind of return on investment our customers can expect, and with these results, LiquidCool has proven to be a cost-effective, reliable solution for a high-efficiency data center environment.”
“One of the major outcomes was finding out exactly what the value of their product was,” said Eric Kozubal, principal investigator of the LiquidCool research and senior mechanical engineer at NREL. “Really, you can cut the energy costs of a data center by 40% or more by installing LiquidCool servers.”
About LiquidCool Solutions
LiquidCool® designs high-density computing solutions for manufacturing, utilities, construction, real estate and cryptocurrency mining markets. Its award-winning, directed-flow, immersion cooling enables high-performance computing in any environment. All units are sealed to protect electronics from heat, humidity, dust, oxidation, and corrosive gases, and the fan-free design produces a system that is highly reliable, requires no air conditioning and is virtually silent. With LiquidCool, early adopters and technologists investing in technologies to drive revenues experience increased compute reliability, performance and space density along with lower electricity costs and a quiet, cool workspace environment.