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SK Telecom partners with Iceotope and SK Enmove for AI data centre cooling solutions

Written by Wed 28 Feb 2024

South Korean telecommunications company, SK Telecom (SKT), alongside Iceotope Technologies and SK Enmove, has announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance the energy efficiency of AI data centres through advanced liquid cooling techniques.

This collaboration aims to address the high energy consumption of air conditioning and cooling systems in data centres by developing and deploying Precision Liquid Cooling (PLC) solutions.

Under the MOU, the three companies will work together to implement PLC technology, utilising SK Enmove’s thermal fluid within SKT’s AI Data Center Testbed.

Lee Jong-min, Vice President and Head of Future R&D at SKT, said: “By combining core technologies and capabilities of SKT, Iceotope, and SK Enmove, we expect to develop innovative energy efficiency solutions that strengthen our competitiveness in AI data centres and advance our sustainability goals.”

Innovating for Sustainability and Efficiency

Looking ahead, SKT intends to create an AI-based autonomous cooling system designed to optimise the operational efficiency of AI data centres. This system will automatically adjust the temperature and flow rate of thermal fluids based on real-time data analysis, further enhancing energy efficiency.

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

This initiative is expected to showcase the effectiveness of PLC in improving cooling efficiency and reducing power consumption. Additionally, SKT plans to develop an integrated Coolant Distribution Unit (CDU) to support various liquid cooling systems, with Iceotope providing technical support.

Seo Sang-hyuk, Vice President and Head of e-Fluids B2B Business Office at SK Enmove, highlighted the environmental significance of this initiative: “Through this cooperation, we aim to contribute to the vitalisation of the immersion cooling market and solidify our position as an Energy Saving Company.”

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Written by Wed 28 Feb 2024

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