Shell & Infosys collab for green data centre initiative

They will bring together their capabilities to create an integrated offering for green data centres to accelerate adoption of immersion cooling

In a bid to enable sustainability-first data centres, energy giant Shell is partnering with global IT leader Infosys to accelerate adoption of immersion cooling services.

For the project Infosys and Shell will bring together their capabilities in digital and energy respectively to create an integrated offering for green data centres to accelerate adoption of immersion cooling. They are set to leverage Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid and Infosys Topaz to accelerate sustainable AI as part of this partnership.

Infosys turned carbon neutral 30 years ahead of 2050, the timeline set by the Paris Agreement with Shell aiming to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050. 

What technologies will be used to enable sustainability-first green data centres?

Together, Shell and Infosys will leverage digital technologies to monitor and adjust immersion cooling technology to further cut energy consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions. 

Shell’s Immersion Cooling Fluid is a synthetic, single-phase immersion cooling fluid designed to maximise the energy efficiency and performance of data servers and IT components. This, paired with Infosys Topaz — which is made up of a set of AI-first services, solutions and platforms using generative AI technologies — will work together to so their clients and the wider industry can meet their evnorinmental goals.

Aysun Akik, Shell Lubricants’ VP New Business Development and Global Key Accounts Downstream & Renewables said, “We believe our immersion cooling technology can play a critical role in reducing data centre energy use and helping customers to deliver on their sustainability commitments. Based on Shell’s proprietary gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, Shell Immersion Cooling Fluids can help cut costs, boost performance and reduce the environmental footprint of data centre operations as part of an integrated solution.

“Working with Infosys to supplement our technology with digital solutions would bring complete data centre optimisation toolkits to customers, and we are excited about the prospect of helping them decarbonise.”

Why is it important to focus on data centre sustainability?

Data centres are responsible for up to 1.5% of global electricity consumption and 1% of global CO₂ emissions. 

And, as the adoption and implementation of AI continues to take hold, this puts an immense pressure on the data centre industry — a pressure which will only accelerate and grow. AI already represents 4.3GW of data centre power demand today, with a projection of that figure potentially growing 26% to 36%, resulting in up to 20GW by 2028. The increase in demand and AI will consequently significantly increase both energy consumption and CO₂ emissions.

This is where immersion cooling comes in. Unlike other forms of cooling, such as liquid or air cooling, the technology can potentially show up to 30% lower CO₂  emissions and 48% reduction in energy footprint production. In light of these statistics, Shell and Infosys will test this and leverage both Shell’s immersion cooling and Infosys’ digital solutions.

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