New Data Center Liquid Cooling Process Wins Uptime Institute Award

  New Data Center Liquid Cooling Process Wins Uptime Institute Award

   Collaboration among 3M, Iceotope and University of Leeds Advances Energy
   Efficiency in Servers and Reduces Waste from Data Center Infrastructure

Uptime Institute Symposium 2013

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- May 13, 2013

As the demand for more data and premiums on energy have grown, 3M Company
along with Iceotope Research and Development Ltd, and the University of Leeds
are working to advance energy efficiency in servers using new data center
liquid cooling methodologies. The efforts will be recognized by the Uptime
Institute today, which selected the organizations as a Green Enterprise IT
(GEIT) Award winner for pioneering projects and innovations that significantly
improve energy productivity and use of resources in IT.

The University of Leeds is being recognized in the Facility Product Deployment
category of the GEIT Awards for its case study, which details the installation
of the Iceotope Solution, a new liquid cooled server system designed and
manufactured by Iceotope utilizing 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids, at the
University’s School of Mechanical Engineering thermofluids laboratory.
Iceotope chose Novec fluid for its excellent dielectric heat transfer
performance with exceptional environmental properties. The result is a system
that can be incorporated into existing data center infrastructure.
Additionally, it reduces the energy used to cool IT equipment by up to 97
percent as it eliminates the need for chillers and air conditioning units.
Harvested heat from the system is also being reused for heating the laboratory
in the case of the University’s deployment.

“The team at The University of Leeds and Iceotope are true visionaries for
finding innovative ways to respond to sustainability and energy efficiency
needs in data centers,” said Joe Koch, business director at 3M Electronics
Markets Materials Division. “We applaud their dedication and leadership and
hope their accomplishments will inspire other industry leaders to come forward
in helping to find better ways to address energy efficiency. In addition, the
collaboration with our partners is consistent with 3M’s longstanding
commitment to sustainable development and demonstrates 3M’s culture to work
with our customers to meet energy-efficiency and sustainability objectives.”

While liquid cooling is generally recognized as being more efficient than air
cooling, capturing the heat from the myriad of devices within a server has
traditionally been challenging. Iceotope’s liquid encapsulation technology
efficiently captures this heat without complex plumbing networks.
Additionally, revolutionary coolants like Novec fluids, which are non-ozone
depleting, have wide margins of safety in their intended applications and low
global warming potentials, further enable the possibilities.

“As we are recognized for the successful deployment of the University of Leeds
system with the GEIT award, we continue to collaborate with 3M to bring our
cutting-edge liquid encapsulation cooling technology solution to the U.S.
market to address the rising data center energy costs and high-performance
computing needs as well as water and space conservation needs in a manner that
fully conforms to industry standards,” said Peter Hopton, founder and Chief
Executive Officer of Iceotope.

Additionally, for the ninth consecutive year, 3M received the ENERGY STAR
Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
the U.S. Department of Energy for its comprehensive worldwide energy
conservation efforts. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index continues to
recognize 3M as a sustainability leader by including the company in its
2010-2011 global sustainability index. When 3M first introduced Novec
technology in 1997, the American Chemical Society recognized the company’s
scientists with a Heroes of Chemistry Award.

Visit 3M’s Uptime Symposium booth (#108) to witness the GEIT award-winning
parties’ collaboration at work. For more information regarding 3M Novec
Engineered Fluids visit or for other 3M branded products log
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