Bechtel and Nautilus Data Technologies are partnering to build data centers which use 70% less power for cooling and eliminate the consumption of drinking water. The partnership will help to transform the environmental footprint of the data center sector and to close the digital divide by deploying to cities, rural communities, and developing economies around the world.
"Data centers support critical aspects of local, regional, and international economic development. As demand for these facilities continues to grow, so does the demand for the resources necessary to power and cool them. Our partnership with Nautilus provides a much more environmentally sustainable solution that means we can help our customers meet soaring digital needs responsibly," said Peter Nelson, Director of Infrastructure Development at Bechtel Enterprises, the project development and financing arm of Bechtel.
Nautilus’ data centers enable and support the energy-intensive, high-performance servers needed for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications that are increasingly critical in smart cities, smart transportation, smart grid, telemedicine, public health, and security solutions.
Nautilus' Total Resource Usage Effectiveness (TRUE™) technology, is a patented closed-loop water cooling system that uses naturally cold water to keep server racks cool. TRUE™ consists of a state-of-art combination of maritime and industrial cooling methods that use 70% less power than traditional computer room air-conditioning uses for cooling, leading to a 30+% net reduction in energy-related CO2 and air pollution. The system uses naturally cold water from rivers, lakes or bays and returns all of it to its source after use. This is a dramatic improvement over the massive amounts of water—typically drinking water—consumed by the evaporative cooling systems currently used by data centers. The system delivers additional environmental improvements including no refrigerants, no chemicals, no wastewater, no noise, and no harm to fish and wildlife.
"We are looking forward to working with the Bechtel team to transform the data center sector on a global scale," said James Connaughton, CEO of Nautilus. "Through this partnership, we will deliver sustainable, high-performance data center infrastructure and bring modern digital services to people around the world who need it most.”
The duo combined has more than 100 years of experience in infrastructure development and delivery for operators across the US, UK, Europe, Middle East & Asia Pacific regions.
Contact: Ashley Sturm