Existing data centers often operate on IT utilization levels as low as 15%. Despite such rates, the cooling- & electrical infrastructure operates on a near full load configuration - irrespective of the actual IT load.
As part of the ECO-Qube project, the SDIA and a consortium of organisations from across the value chain, aim to interconnect the data center building, electrical infrastructure and the IT workloads, in order to reduce resource consumption to a level that matches the operational IT capacity.
For this purpose the consortium brings together established data center suppliers, building management software, fluid dynamics experts, universities and pilot facilities to explore how existing air-cooled data centers can be transformed through precise measurements, simulations and machine-learning-based optimization. The consortium members are LANDE, Veolia, Vattenfall, Helio, ENDOKS, DSTech, R2M Solutions Spain, EMPA, Green IT Amsterdam and the Luleå University of Technology.
Together, the consortium will equip new and existing data center facilities with ECO-Qube sensors in three different locations, build fluid dynamics models for each and execute optimization strategies using software. Additionally the project will research the integration of renewable energy and waste heat valorization solutions.
The Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance is a proud partner of the project and will lead the dissemination of the results and the progress of the projects. It’s one of the many important technologies which are part of our Roadmap towards Sustainable Digital Infrastructure by 2030.