Blog – Simon Hamer, Evolution Data Centres’ CTO on Waterless Cooling

Data Centres are fundamental to the functioning of the modern digital economy. They power everything from social media platforms and e-commerce sites to cloud computing and artificial intelligence. However, these facilities come with significant environmental costs and one of the most pressing challenges is the efficient cooling of IT infrastructure.

A video interview with Singapore Business Review featuring Darren Webb, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Data Centres.

How the Philippines’ ‘underserved’ data centre market can evolve toward growth and our thoughts on the great opportunities this creates in this very exciting market. 


A video interview featuring Edward Martin-Sperry, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Evolution Data Centres.

APAC is one of the fastest developing data centre regions in the world poised to enter a new cycle of growth, led by the region’s larger emerging markets.

We discuss the opportunities and challenges for emerging markets in APAC, tackling sustainability, delivering hyperscale data centre facilities with the minimum possible environmental impact and leveraging renewable energy sources.

Greenfield or brownfield? There is no easy answer to the question of which has the least impact on the environment. At Evolution Data Centres we are committed to sustainable data centre construction and operation but choosing which way to go probably needs to be decided on a case by case basis. In this article we discuss the merits and challenges of both.

 Tackling sustainability is a daunting task for data centre operators. To affect positive change, we need to be challengers, but we also run a business, so our solutions have to be financially viable and mature enough to be deployed and managed in mission critical facilities.

Understanding and selecting the right technology from the wide range of sustainability solutions can be challenging. At Evolution Data Centres the top two questions that we always ask are “how feasible is this?” and “how impactful will this be?”.

In our quadrant model, we have ranked the various solutions by their feasibility vs their sustainability impact. Unsurprisingly, our key priorities are in the top right quadrant (high feasibility and high impact), while exploring tomorrow’s solutions are in other areas of the chart.

Not all renewables are created equal. Particularly for data centres which need very reliable power supply, intermittency is a big issue. In this infographic we have ranked the key renewable types by their capacity factor (a measure of constancy), it highlights how attractive baseload sources like geothermal are for data centres compared to much-hyped wind and solar.

Today, Asia’s DC industry is behind other regions in using clean power. This is particularly regrettable because of the abundant supply of baseload renewables resources in the region.

From streaming a movie on Netflix, to e-commerce and e-banking, we rely on data centres to process and communicate information at lightning speeds. Yet, they are energy and water guzzlers. How are governments balancing the lucrative opportunity of building more data centres, but also managing their large electricity footprint? And what does an eco-friendly data centre look like? Jaime Ho speaks to Darren Webb, co-founder and CEO of Evolution Data Centres, which specialises in sustainable data infrastructure.

At Evolution we are acutely aware of the full sustainable lifecycle of a Data Centre and take this into consideration as we plan, build, and operate our facilities.

Everything from choosing the correct location, material selection, efficient design, and renewable power source, through to how you will operate reflect on the level of impact these facilities have on the environment.

To ensure you cover the full lifecycle of a truly sustainable Data Centre you need to plan from initial conception though to commissioning. You need to incorporate this from initial concept to ensure you are really delivering a fully sustainable facility.

If not, are you too late?

A podcast featuring Darren Webb, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Data Centres.

“Weekends: Strategies to make Data Centers more environmentally friendly”

A podcast featuring Darren Webb, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Data Centres.

“Why there is no such thing as a green data centre”

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