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Low Energy Dew Point Cooling for Computing  Data Centres

Low Energy Dew Point Cooling for Computing Data Centres

Objective

Cooling systems for Computing & Data Centres consume 30% to 40% of energy delivered into the centre spaces, while electricity use in CDCs represents 1.3% of the world total energy consumption. The traditional vapour compression cooling systems for CDCs are neither energy efficient nor environmentally friendly. Several alternative cooling systems, e.g., adsorption/absorption, ejector, and evaporative types, have certain level of energy saving potential but exhibit some inherent problems that have restricted their wide applications in CDCs. This RISE programme aims to form an international and inter-sectoral network of organisations working on a joint research and innovation programme dedicated to develop the design theory, computerised tool and technology prototypes for a novel CDC dew point cooling system. Such a system, comprising a few critical and highly innovative components (i.e., dew point air cooler, adsorbent sorption/regeneration cycle, micro-channels-loop-heat-pipe (MCLHP) based CDC heat recovery system, paraffin/expanded-graphite based heat storage/exchanger, and internet-based intelligent monitoring and control system), is expected to achieve 60% to 90% of electrical energy saving and have a comparable initial price to traditional CDC air conditioning systems, thus removing the above outstanding problems remaining with existing CDC cooling systems. Within the programme, the participants will exchange skills and knowledge that will allow them to progress towards the key target set for the CDC dew point cooling system, and strengthen collaborative research among different countries and sectors. The advances in the novel CDC dew point cooling system will have potential market opportunities for non-academic participants in the programme, and have significant benefits to European society and economy. The staff members who participate in the programme will develop new skills, be exposed to new research environments and have their career perspectives widened.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF HULL

Address

Cottingham Road
Hu6 7rx Hull

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 423 000

Participants (7)

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MUNTERS EUROPE AB

Sweden

INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 117 000

DATA CENTRE ALLIANCE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 67 500

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 162 000

NPS HUMBER LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 157 500

HISENSE GERMANY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 117 000

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 112 500

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SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

CHINA ACADEMY OF BUILDING RESEARCH

THE TAIYUAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

GUANGDONG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

SHANGXI ZHONGLV ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION GROUP CO LTD

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 734340

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 845 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 156 500

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF HULL

United Kingdom