New “Co-Flow” data center cooling concept gets a boost

Tomorrow Water’s California-based ‘Co-Flow’ water treatment provider is getting a development boost through a partnership with Samsung.

The Co-Flow concept involves integrating a data center with a wastewater treatment facility on a single plot of land and linking the energy and fluid flows of both facilities to improve their sustainability and economy.

Cooling is a major potential energy need for data centers, with a popular option being their location in colder climate countries such as Iceland and the Nordics. Tomorrow Water’s Co-Flow uses cooling water from the wastewater treatment facility, the heated water that exits is then returned to the facility to complete the cycle.

The concept further calls for the data center to be built above the wastewater treatment facility to optimize space utilization and overcome the limitations of land availability for data centers.

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In January, Tomorrow Water entered into a partnership with the design and consulting organization Arcadis on the evaluation and development of Co-Flow installations in the United States.

In the latest agreement, Tomorrow Water and its Korea-based parent company BKT have partnered in that country with Samsung as well as Dohwa Engineering and BNZ Partners for the development of Co-Flow solutions.

“Reimagining efficiency models for vital infrastructure such as data centers and wastewater treatment plants is just one of the ways we will help protect the environment for future generations,” Anthony said. Dusovic, COO of Tomorrow Water, at the time of the Arcadis deal.

“The impact potential of Co-Flow is quite high and meets the industry’s need to make data centers more sustainable.”

Samsung, with some 17 data centers, is a major owner/operator of these facilities.

Co-Flow was developed as part of the company’s “Tomorrow Water Project” to co-locate and interconnect infrastructure elements such as wastewater treatment, biogas renewable energy generation and capacity for data, capitalizing on their complementary contributions of energy, heat, nutrients and water. and exits.

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