Singapore will conduct trials on the world's first tropical data centre (TDC) in the third quarter of 2016, announced Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim. The trials aim to test if the data centres can function optimally at temperatures up to or exceeding 38 ℃ and ambient humidity up to or exceeding 90%.
Currently, in order to keep safe, the temperature and relative ambient humidity of the data centre are kept among 20 ℃ to 25 ℃ , and among 50% to 60% respectively. In order to maintain the temperature and humidity, the data centre's main operating costs go towards energy consumption.
In 2012, the energy demand of the data centers accounted for 7% of the total energy demand in Singapore, which is estimated to reach 12% by 2030 due to increasing number of data centers. According to the estimates from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the TDC could reduce energy consumption of data centers by 40%.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will work jointly with Dell, Energy Recovery System Co., Ltd, Fujitsu, HP Enterprise, Huawei, Intel, Keppel Data Centers, The Green Grid and Nanyang Technological University for this trial.
The trial is part of the Green Data Centre Programme launched by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in late 2014. The programme aims to boost overall data centre energy efficiency by innovation, emerging technology pilots and new guidelines for sustainable computing.