Immersion cooling, also known as liquid submersion cooling, is the practice of submerging computer components (or full servers) in a thermally, but not electrically, conductive liquid (dielectric coolant) which can help improve heat transfer performance.

Whilst this is something that 2bm has been involved in for several years now, recent announcements around the use of liquid cooling, most notably by Meta (with 47 new data centres under construction), Google (having already switched its AI infrastructure) and Microsoft (currently testing in its production data centres), means demand is set to increase dramatically.

“As rack-power densities increase, the need for more efficient and more effective cooling increases,” commented Mark King, Managing Director at 2bm.

“Here at 2bm, we are constantly evaluating the competitive advantage offered by all forms of cooling.

“However there are occasions, like when a data centre is located in a remote area far from the grid, where we literally need to think outside the box.

“In cases like these, we can offer edge-ready, plug-and-lay, data centre-in-a-box solutions.

“Such solutions still enable users to have high-density compute environments while at the same time reducing the impact on their own environment and increasing levels of sustainability,” added Mark.

Read how Meta’s massive new data centres, designed to support the metaverse, will feature lots of liquid cooling