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Vertiv joins the RISE Partnership Programme to develop sustainable data centre technologies

Vertiv joins the RISE Partnership Programme to develop sustainable data centre technologies

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Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has announced a new partnership with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, a leading research institute and innovation partner.

Vertiv has entered the partnership programme for data centre systems technologies at platinum level, joining founding partners that include Facebook, Ericsson, Vattenfall, ABB, LTU and the Norrbotten region.

Through the partnership with RISE, Vertiv will specifically support the Infrastructure and Cloud research and test Environment (ICE), which is a data centre testbed providing access to study results and experts, as well as publications and demonstrations by RISE and engagement in small research and development studies.

A key value delivered to the partners in the collaboration is the large-scale test environment with data centre modules, climate and heat boxes, wind tunnels, edge and liquid cooling testbeds, and the ability to take simulations and concepts to the point of implemented demonstrations and tests for data collection and analysis.

“RISE demonstrates technology leadership in applied research, which makes them a perfect partner for us at Vertiv. This will help us lead the industry into the new era of sustainable large-scale cloud data centres, enterprise and edge applications,” said Stephen Liang, CTO, Vertiv.

Giordano Albertazzi, President, EMEA, Vertiv, added: “RISE is playing a leading role in driving sustainability across Europe and Vertiv is ideally placed to provide it with forward-looking engineering solutions for the data centre industry and beyond. Data centres are a critical part of the digital infrastructure. Efficiency and sustainability are a strong focus for the industry and are becoming increasingly important. New technologies, system solutions and components need to be ideated, developed, tested, and verified before hitting the market. We see our partnership with RISE being a big part of that.”

In addition, Vertiv will support the multiple RISE heat recovery initiatives which utilise heat rejected from data centres for various applications, like mealworm and vertical farming, biomass drying or district heating systems – with the recent feasibility study aiming at achieving 90 to 95 celcius supply water temperature (SWT) for district heating.

“We want to come closer to the industrial needs and a partnership helps the dialogue and direct bi-lateral collaboration. This way we can continue to develop our thought leadership together with our partners,” said Tor Björn Minde, Director, ICE Data centre, RISE.

The cooperation with RISE is the latest in a series of advances Vertiv has made around sustainability and the wider Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) arena. Vertiv is part of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA) and the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA).

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