Monday, November 18, 2013

News: Iceotope chosen for Clean and Cool mission

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Iceotope, the hi-tech firm based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, has been selected for an innovation mission to the U.S. cleantech capital, Colorado.

Working with the University of Leeds, the enterprise is developing a new system that reduces the power consumed in data centres by using liquid rather than air to provide cooling, eliminating the need for power-hungry fans.

Starting on November 30, the week-long Clean and Cool Mission to Colorado, organised by the UK's innovation agency, The Technology Strategy Board, together with The Long Run Venture and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), will see the sixteen UK cleantech companies learn from key leaders in the field and network with potential investors in Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins – they will participate in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Industry Growth Forum, the premier clean energy investment event in the U.S.

As the number one U.S market for renewable energy and second best state for entrepreneurship and innovation, the Mission to Colorado will enable participants to learn first-hand how to accelerate their business in the important U.S market.

Iceotope's patented approach sees components encapsulated in 3M Novec, an inert and environmentally sound coolant.

The system uses just 80 watts of power to harvest the heat from up to 20 kilowatts of ICT use where it can also be reused for heating. The server also does away with the need for ancillary data centre facilities such as computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units, humidity control systems and air purification.

In the US, a massive $7.4 billion is spent on cooling data centres annually. The Iceotope solution typically reduces data centre cooling costs by 97%, ICT power load by 20% and overall ICT infrastructure costs by 50%.

Iceotope will be represented by Peter Hopton, the founder and inventor of the technology, as well as Keith Deakin who has engineered that vision into reality.

David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes at the Technology Strategy Board, said: "The U.S has one of the most innovative and dynamic cleantech ecosystems. The Mission will provide the participants with the opportunity to establish partnerships, secure investment and help launch their business to a large, continually expanding and thriving technology market."

A spokesperson for Iceotope, said: "Iceotope's liquid cooled servers have the potential to halve the energy usage of supercomputing sites and will allow HPC [High-performance computing] users much greater freedom when designing, locating and building their facilities.

"Iceotope's heat harvesting technology has been designed with research facilities in mind and will provide a compelling alternative to the traditional, air cooled servers presented at the show, the likes of which most HPC facilities are still based."

Rotherham's Metalysis, based in Manvers, and Xeros Ltd, based on the AMP have taken part in the missions in previous years.

Iceotope website

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