Toshiba and Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are starting a pilot project aimed at exploring energy efficiency innovations for data centres built in tropical climates.
Toshiba has developed a space and energy efficient data centre that is cooled by air drawn from outside the data centre whenever possible-the outside air cooling method-and has reworked this design to deal with the cooling demands imposed by the heat and humidity of the tropics.
In the project, Toshiba will provide the module and evaluate operation, while NTU will provide the site and also undertake studies in energy research.
According to Toshiba, simulations indicate that the new system has the potential to cut the annual power consumption of a data centre by 33 per cent and decrease approximately 2,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The initiative is part of regulatory body IDA's Green Data Centre Innovation Challenge, a competition designed to promote cooling practices in data centres.
Singapore is host to a major data centre cluster that research firm BroadGroup has predicted to grow by 50 percent in scale over the period 2010 to 2015. In Singapore, the 10 largest data centres are known to consume as much energy as 130,000 typical households.