Shell Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Shell, has made an investment in Asperitas – a data center technology scaleup developing and delivering ‘immersion liquid cooling’ to enable data centers to become more energy efficient. The investment, led by Shell Ventures with participation from Participation Fund for Sustainable Economy North Holland (PDENH), would support the acceleration of Asperitas’ mission to enable sustainable data centers on a global scale.
Asperitas’ immersion liquid cooling technology would be suitable for the most demanding data centers, allowing for energy efficient cooling regardless of the external environment of a data center. The liquid being used is a Shell product. The technology, called Immersed Computing won the New Energy Challenge in 2018 and is already being used by multiple data centers from cloud providers, banks and universities in Europe. Financial details of the investment by Shell and PDENH were not disclosed.
“Shell Ventures and PDENH’s investment support us on our mission to enable sustainable data centers on a large and global scale,” said Rolf Brink, CEO of Asperitas. “We are building a long-term strategic partnership with Shell, including the development of liquids for our technology, which has already led to optimizations.”
Immersed Computing – The Technology
Data centers can become more energy efficient using Asperitas’ cooling technology, while at the same time reducing the space needed for the same IT capacity by directly cooling the hardware with an optimized liquid developed by Shell.
The completely closed solution can be directly applied to existing data centers. Asperitas’ solution is a pumpless immersion cooled system, based on the natural convection concept. According to Asperitas, this results in “plug and play enterprise-ready solutions.”
The Immersed Computing technology developed by Asperitas would also make it possible for energy-intensive (future) hardware of chip manufacturers to continue to function at the highest possible utilization rate.
A unique aspect of Asperitas’ solution would be its ability to offer hot water-cooling, which makes it possible to cool data centers even in warm areas. The solution converts all electricity used for the hardware into a usable energy form, warm water of at least 55 degrees Celsius. This would also allow data centers to transform into suppliers of residual heat on a large scale.
“The rapidly increasing worldwide use of data is associated with many energy challenges,” said Bart Blokhuis, Director of PDENH. “Data centers consume an enormous amount of energy in a low-efficient manner. By contributing to technology developed by Asperitas, PDENH is investing in a revolutionary method to reduce energy consumption and make better use of residual energy.”