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A*STAR and local SME develop cooling system that reduces energy consumption by up to 50%

The KoolLogix cooling system for data centres uses passive heat extraction and removal.

A*STAR's Institute of High-Performance Computing (IHPC) and Singapore-based data centre solutions company ERS Industries have developed an energy-efficient cooling system, KoolLogix, which uses an innovative heat exchange and phase change approach that can reduce energy consumption at data centres by up to 50%.

In Singapore, about 60 data centres account for about 7% of the country's total electricity consumption in 2020. However, data centres are intensive users of water and electricity, and their cooling systems typically use an estimated 35% to 40% of the total power required to run a data centre, according to a study by Digital Realty and Eco-Business. In 2019, the Singapore government informed the industry of a temporary pause on the development of new data centres to ensure their growth in a sustainable manner and with a reduced carbon footprint.

ERS Industries CEO CK Cheong said, "We are pleased to partner with A*STAR's IHPC in the development of the KoolLogix cooling system. It is an innovative energy-saving thermal management solution with distinctive features that help data centre customers solve complex space and thermal management problems. The Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling and simulation support from IHPC greatly helps with our product development process and accelerate time to market for KoolLogix."

KoolLogix is now expanding into the ASEAN region as part of its future growth strategy to tap into the fast-growing data centre development in Asia.

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