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Companies Join Forces on Data Center Energy Efficiency

March 4, 2024
SK Telecom, Iceotope, and SK Enmove formed a collaboration to make data centers more energy efficient.

Last week, SK Telecom, Iceotope Technologies, and SK Enmove signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of liquid cooling technique/solution that aims to optimize energy-efficiency of AI data centers. 

Since air conditioning and cooling systems consume the largest amount of energy in data centers, one of the keys to realizing an energy-efficient AI data center lies in reducing the power consumption of these systems.

SK Telecom is Sout Korea's largest mobile operator, while Iceotope Technologies is a Precision Liquid Cooling company, and SK Enmove is a Korean oil and lubricants provider developing thermal fluids for data centers.

Under the MOU, SKT, Iceotope, and SK Enmove will collaborate to deploy Precision Liquid Cooling (PLC) using SK Enmove’s thermal fluid at SKT’s AI Data Center Testbed. Moreover, SKT will develop an integrated Coolant Distribution Unit (CDU) to support various liquid cooling systems with the technical support of Iceotope.

"Iceotope’s Precision Liquid Cooling (PLC) technology uses a precise delivery of dielectric fluid to remove heat from the hottest components of the server, thereby significantly reducing energy consumption," the company said in a press release.

Going forward, SKT plans to develop an AI-based autonomous cooling system to analyze the temperature and power load in the AI data center and automatically control the supply temperature and flow rate of thermal fluids in the CDUs.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with SKT and SK Enmove on AI data center innovation and look forward to helping them and their customers to realize energy-efficiency in their facilities with our Precision Liquid Cooling solutions,” said David Craig, CEO of Iceotope. 

SK Telecom is South Korea's largest mobile operator Iceotope Technologies, the global leader in Precision Liquid Cooling, and SK Enmove, Korea’s leading base oil and lubricants provider developing thermal fluids for data centers.

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