Data centres typically employ significant amounts of energy for cooling, running at temperatures of between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius and 50% to 60% humidity levels. With sustainability as a key focus of the Group, Keppel Data Centres together with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has participated in a trial to develop and deploy the world’s first Tropical Data Centre (TDC).
The proof-of-concept, to be set up in a controlled environment within a Keppel Data Centres facility, aims to determine the viability of operating data centres in a tropical climate using ambient temperatures of up to 38 degrees Celsius and humidity up to or exceeding 90%. If successful, energy consumption in data centres can be reduced by up to 40%.
Mr Thomas Pang, CEO of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation said, “The digital revolution we are currently experiencing is fuelling a big data boom, in turn necessitating greener and more efficient data centres. With more than a decade of experience in building, managing and operating data centres in Singapore, the Asia Pacific and Europe, Keppel Data Centres is pleased to partner with IDA on the Green Data Centre Programme and advance Singapore’s Smart Nation Initiative.”
Committed to sustainability, Keppel Data Centres together with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore will trial the world's first Tropical Data Centre