Data center and the sea: Google's latest cooling innovation

Data center and the sea: Google's latest cooling innovation

Summary: Talk about situational awareness. Two years ago, Google bought an old paper mill in Finland, which it has converted into one of its state-of-the-art data centers.

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Talk about situational awareness. Two years ago, Google bought an old paper mill in Finland, which it has converted into one of its state-of-the-art data centers. Along the way, the company decided to take advantage of a seawater-tunnel that was already leading to the facility as part of the cooling system. The tunnel runs seawater from the Gulf of Finland through heat transfer units and then back out to the sea, after mixing it with more incoming fresh seawater. The idea is part of the company's strategy to call upon local resources to develop the best environmental strategy for its facilities.

The company's plan is explained in this YouTube video:

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  • Cool story

    ...or, coolling story?
    cym104
  • Talk about obvisousness. That's probably what the mill used the tunnel for

    as well. They should just be glad they're not located here where the eco-terrorists and fairies and other wack jobs would shut them down for raising the temperature of the nearby seawater. They'd say mixing it with other seawater first is not enough. They must chill it back to its original tempature. Sounds like a step backward anyway. Todays datacenters have moved to where ambient air cooling is sufficient. If this still needs water cooling is sounds outdated.
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Data center and the sea: Google's latest cooling innovation

      @Johnny Vegas - This actually makes alot of sense. Even 'ambient air cooling system' use a fair amount of water to transfer the heat to the atmosphere (through evaporation in the cooling tower) - radiation-only towers are really inefficient.<br><br>Google's approach takes the emerging concept of geothermal heating/cooling to the next level by leveraging a MASSIVE heat sink with a very high specific heat capacity to dump waste heat into. Google gains further green-cred by leveraging a brownfield site as opposed to building new.
      chipbeef
  • Plus we raise the temperature of Finland

    That is so cool of Google to use local resources instead of shipping in bottled water from Mountain View. I find it soothing just to read about it.
    Robert Hahn
  • This is going to put the CFC companies out of business!

    Quick! A govenment bailout!
    kd5auq