Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Iceotope’s revolutionary liquid cooling technology results in cooling power cost savings of 97%

The assets of Sheffield-based company Iceotope, producers of the first truly scalable modular liquid cooling platform, have been bought by a consortium including the original engineering team, backed by a seven figure investment sum.  Original inventor, and newly appointed CTO, Peter Hopton led the fund-raising to acquire the technology and the IP.

 Iceotope has a patented approach to dramatically reduce power consumption in data centres by tackling the problem of cooling servers at the source of the heat – at component level.  Iceotope licenses this technology to vendors, helping them to reduce the cooling requirements in their servers and electronics.  The electronic components are sealed inside giant heat-pipes containing an ultra-convective fluid, so that all generated heat can be captured in water and efficiently removed, without heating up the surrounding data centre environment.  
Hopton is famous for pitching his green IT technologies on the TV programme Dragons’ Den.  Despite being turned down by the Dragons when he pitched his company VeryPC, Hopton has now successfully secured investment for Iceotope – originally a VeryPC spin off – allowing him to take over as CTO of Iceotope while becoming the Executive Chairman at VeryPC.

 Iceotope servers can reduce facility operating costs and carbon output with their unique thermal cooling technology.  Data centres can save 20% of power consumption at the server level and make a saving of 97% of costs associated with cooling power, an overall reduction of over 50% for the typical data centre.

 With Iceotope servers, the components are encapsulated in 3M Novec, an inert and environmentally sound coolant, and all waste heat generated from the servers is used to passively pump the coolant solution through the system by encouraging a state of ultra-convection, thus removing the need for fans, chillers and airflow.  Iceotope then transfers this heat to outside of the data centre and the heat can even be repurposed to heat other office spaces.

 “With the data centre industry growing by 12% each year, data centre providers are struggling to keep up with demand for higher efficiency and higher density, while keeping power consumption and costs to a minimum, said Peter Hopton, CTO of Iceotope.  “Iceotope’s unique technology can help data centre providers to save half of all overall electricity costs compared to an average data centre. 

 “According to IDC, approximately 40 percent of today’s data centre costs are power-related, however, by 2015, this figure will exceed 50 percent,” continued Hopton.  “In order to attempt to combat these escalating costs, many companies are looking to drastic measures to improve their cooling efficiency, such as moving their data centres to the Arctic Circle.  Iceotope technology makes this move obsolete, as this unique liquid cooling technology allows full-time free cooling everywhere on the globe.  Liquid cooling has safely been used for decades in data centres, Iceotope offers the next generation in liquid cooling to server operators.”

About Iceotope

Iceotope Ltd, registered in Guernsey, is a technology company that researches and develops liquid and phase change cooling solutions based around heat pipe encapsulation.  The company’s CTO Peter Hopton, the original inventor of Iceotope technology, secured a seven figure investment in order to purchase the assets of VC-backed Iceotope Ltd of England, which entered administration in October 2011.  Hopton was not a part of the management team at this time.  Iceotope is the next generation platform for cooling electronics and servers, encapsulating high performance electronics within heat pipes containing ultra-convective coolant.  Iceotope coolant engulfs and protects the electronics, cooling effectively to component level with no air flow, delivering full time free cooling, everywhere. 


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06 Dec 2011