Asperitas, Shell to Present Immersion Cooling Solutions at OCP Virtual Summit
May 8, 2020 -- Immersion cooling specialist Asperitas and Shell will launch Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid S5 X at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Virtual Summit, May 12 to 15, 2020. Asperitas has also added an additional immersion cooling solution to its current portfolio. The solution is making use of the same natural convection-driven circulation concept as the solution introduced to the market in 2017, but with increased IT capacity. The solution is designed to address the demand for high density and performance compute across various markets including hyperscale cloud, enterprise class, and telecom.
The new AIC24 solution allows for twenty four 1U 21” wide servers to be integrated and two additional switches. The solution is designed to meet the demand for high density compute both on a system and server level. The 21” wide server space allows OEM’s and integrators flexibility to design cutting edge servers utilising the full potential of the immersion cooling concept developed by Asperitas, Immersed Computing.
Similar to the previous, smaller solution launched by Asperitas, the newly introduced system makes use of the natural convection driven fluid circulation within. This unique approach enables immersion cooling to be both climate independent (free cooling up to 48 degrees Celsius) and fully heat reuse ready (more than 98% energy transformed into hot water). Each system comes with a smart sensor–based monitoring and management control system, which is Redfish compatible for full integration in OCP standard environments.
At the OCP Virtual Summit, Asperitas will present a new open server immersion cassette format for OEM’s to utilize for immersion server development. Supporting this development various partnerships and solutions making use of the open cassette will be presented. One specific highlight is the new OEM partnership of Asperitas with Dell Technologies. The first solutions developed within this partnership are to be expected in Q2 2020.
Asperitas has been an active member of OCP since 2018, leading the immersion cooling activities within the Advanced Cooling sub-project. The Dutch cleantech company emphasizes their leadership position in the community by making the global virtual summit the platform to launch several new solutions and partnerships. Alongside the hardware update, a strategic partnership with global fluid developers and process oils specialists Shell was established. The two companies presented the first results from their R&D partnership, the bespoke fluid for immersion cooling, available for all solution providers and immersion cooling users.
Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid S5 X is a synthetic, single-phase immersion cooling fluid made from gas using Shell’s gas-to-liquids technology. It is optimized for Asperitas’ natural-convection-driven immersion cooling solutions but can also be used in the pump/forced circulation systems of other providers. The liquid is designed to reduce energy costs and emissions through its high cooling efficiency, excellent flow behavior as well as thermodynamic properties, and it is available across the immersion-cooling market.
“We are excited to bring this new product to the market,” says Eduardo de Azevedo, Shell product application specialist for immersion cooling fluids. “Our immersion cooling fluid can help to cut datacenter energy consumption and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The gas-to-liquids technology is a sustainable alternative for the immersion cooling industry.”
Rolf Brink, Asperitas CEO says “Shell is our trusted partner for developing the immersion cooling fluid, preferred partner for deployments and quality monitoring. With their decades of experience there is a tremendous amount of value for our customers and strategic partners we can offer together”.
The combined product announcements will enforce the large-scale implementation of this immersion cooling technology by cloud hyperscalers, telecom providers and other OCP adopters.
Asperitas, a Dutch clean and high-tech scale-up, develops and markets Immersed Computing a technology based on immersion liquid cooling to enable datacenters to function in a sustainable manner, even for the most demanding users and environments. In 2018, Asperitas won the international New Energy Challenge competition organized by Shell, Rockstart and YESDelft, and in the same year was named “Hottest Greentech Startup of Europe” and “Global Changemakers” in other award competitions.
About Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid
Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid S5 X, a synthetic, single-phase immersion cooling fluid, is made from gas using Shell’s gas-to-liquids technology and can be used in natural convection and pump/forced circulation systems. It is designed to reduce energy costs and emissions through its high cooling efficiency and excellent flow behaviour and thermodynamic properties; cost less to manufacture than alternatives, such as fluorocarbons and intensely engineered fluids; improve product safety through its high compatibility with computer components; and be safe and easy to handle. The fluid has been co-developed with leading immersion cooling specialist Asperitas.