Dr Tim Persoons, CONNECT Funded Investigator in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin, is researching more efficient cooling mechanisms for data centres, a key component of the Internet.
Data centres are expected to account for 15% of Ireland’s energy consumption in 2019 and about one third of that consumption is due to cooling systems.
This article in the 2016-2017 Provost’s Annual Review describes the ‘optical trickery’ his team use to achieve this goal. (See pages 36-37 or online reader screens 38-39.)
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