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Vertiv, following the introduction of the world's inaugural tropical data center testbed in Singapore, has declared its dedication to fostering collaboration. Recognized as the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT), this facility represents a noteworthy stride in the realm of sustainable data center innovation. The collaboration leading to its establishment involves two universities and has received financial support from the National Research Foundation.

Sustainable Cooling System Development

The testbed will be used to develop sustainable cooling solutions tailored to tropical climates and aims to reduce Singapore’s data center energy consumption, decrease water usage, reduce emissions, and achieve better power usage effectiveness by 2024.

Furthermore, the facility will function as a wind tunnel for conducting research on sustainable expansion of data centers in tropical climates. A whitepaper containing recommendations for optimal data center design and operations is set for release next year.

Emergence of Use Cases

The Vice President and General Manager at Vertiv Asia, Paul Churchill, is confident that the launch of the STDCT will lead to the emergence of more use cases, benefiting digital economies in countries with tropical climates that are experiencing significant growth in data center investments.

Meanwhile, Ni De En, Director of Urban Solutions & Sustainability at the National Research Foundation, highlighted the importance of the STDCT in realizing Singapore's Research, Innovation, and Enterprise 2025 (RIE2025) goal. He emphasized that the testbed brings together academia and industry players to address challenges related to power consumption, cooling, carbon footprint, and increasing rack density in data centers located in tropical climates.

Vertiv has played a crucial role in the launch of this testbed by providing various cooling solutions. It is hoped that the STDCT will lead to the emergence of more use cases and benefit countries with tropical climates that are investing heavily in data centers.

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