Research on energy-efficient data centres

Cylinder array in cross-flow in a water tunnel test facility.

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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