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The U.S. Department of Energy announced the release of $42 million to further the development of high-performance cooling systems for data centers.
The money will be used to fund projects dedicated to reducing the amount of energy used for data center cooling, according to a Sept. 22 news release. The DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will provide the funding for the Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy, Reliable and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing Systems program.
“Extreme weather events, like the soaring temperatures much of the country experienced this summer, also impact data centers which connect critical computing and network infrastructure and must be kept at certain temperatures to remain operational,” DOE Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said in the release. “Creating solutions to cool data centers efficiently and reduce the associated carbon emissions supports the technological breakthroughs needed to fight climate change and secure our clean energy future.”
ARPA-E echoed the announcement with a Sept. 23 post on Twitter.
"ARPA-E announced up to $42 million in funding to overcome technology barriers associated with the development of high-performance energy-efficient cooling solutions for data centers," the Twitter post read.