Allied Control Recognized for Its Innovative Technology That Could Help Save Electricity and Billions of Gallons of Water
Allied Control, a Hong Kong-based innovative technology company that builds immersion cooling systems for supercomputing and data center applications, has won the prestigious Green Innovations Award.
The head of the Hong Kong government recognized Allied Control for innovation in finding environmentally friendly industry solutions. Allied Control was recently acquired by the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider and Blockchain transaction processing company BitFury Group.
The company has developed its third generation immersion cooling system utilizing 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids to create energy-saving data center cooling systems for high performance computing applications. With a PUE of less than 1.01, more than 99% of electricity used for cooling can be saved even in hot and humid Asia, while barely wasting any precious water.
Data centers usually require not only a lot of electricity, but consume a lot of water using evaporative cooling towers and water chillers. For example, it has been reported that the U.S. National Security Agency's massive data center in Bluffdale, Utah, the second driest state in the country, consumes up to 6.6 million gallons of water a month.
In addition to onsite cooling water, data centers also indirectly consume an enormous amount of water embedded in electricity generation which, even excluding hydroelectricity, is estimated to consume 1.8 liters of water per kilowatt-hour (L/kWh) electricity in the U.S.
Although some of the largest data center operators have begun to slash their onsite cooling water usage, the overall water footprint (including both onsite and offsite water) is still one of the important aspects of cloud computing from the perspective of sustainability.
In California, some companies have moved their data centers out of state, to colder climates.
However, the key reason why many US companies and international internet giants like Alibaba are moving a considerable amount of their cloud data center operations to California, is to utilize the high tech talent pool and already existing infrastructure in and around Silicon Valley.
Kar-Wing Lau, VP of Operations at Allied Control commented:
“With California being in its fourth consecutive drought year and regulators proposing mandatory reduction of up to 35% in urban water consumption, Allied Control's immersion cooling technology might offer an effective solution to cool down the many data centers serving the hungry and ever-growing demand of cloud services and other Silicon Valley applications. In our standard configuration, the closed loop cooling units do not use evaporative water towers, and as a result, the water usage effectiveness is close to zero (WUE <0.003 L/kWh).”
“We take environmental concerns seriously,” commented BitFury CEO Valery Vavilov.
“Our proprietary technology is highly energy efficient. We are committed to growing our transaction processing infrastructure with the smallest carbon footprint, continuing to rely solely on renewable energy sources.”
In a two-phase immersion cooled system, electronic components are submerged into a bath of dielectric heat transfer liquids, which are much better heat conductors than air, water or oil. It is this simplicity that eliminates conventional cooling hardware and results in better cooling efficiency. Compared to traditional air, water or oil cooling, this passive process results in the use of much less energy and lower water consumption. Two-phase immersion cooling is up to 4000 times more efficient at removing heat from chips than air.
About Allied Control
Allied Control builds award-winning immersion cooling systems and data center infrastructure to cool the world’s hottest supercomputers more efficiently than anyone else. The Hong Kong- based technology startup is known for its unparalleled efficient systems (sub-PUE 1.01) is 3M™ Technology Partner for 3M Novec™ Engineered fluids. The company's modular and containerized DataTank™ data centers allow inexpensive, efficient and rapid deployment of infrastructure for supercomputer, HPC and cryptocurrency applications at unprecedented power densities. Allied Control’s innovative data center designs have recently won prestigious awards such as the Best Green ICT Award for Most Efficient Data Center and the DataCenterDynamics Award for "Future Thinking & Design Concept".
For more information on Allied Control, visit: http://www.allied-control.com/
About BitFury Group
BitFury Group is the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider and Blockchain transaction processing company. Founded in 2011, BitFury has management offices in San Francisco and Amsterdam, as well as data-centers in Iceland and the Republic of Georgia. BitFury derives sustainable advantage through its custom-made application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), optimized to achieve the lowest power consumption coupled with the highest processing metrics – the parameters that drive mining margins. BitFury has an impressive track record, having successfully delivered several prior generations of silicon and has a roadmap to at least double performance-per-watt every 6-12 months. BitFury’s management team and board include seasoned industry veterans with a history of execution in silicon engineering, operational build-up and capitalizing businesses.
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*3M and Novec are trademarks of 3M Corporation.
**DataTank is a trademark of the Allied Control Company.