Developing proof-of-value for a green modular data centre system

A schematic diagram showing how the green modular data centre system would work with renewable energy powering it and chilled seawater from SNLG Terminal cooling it.

Surbana Jurong has signed an MOU with three organisations to explore the development of a proof-of-concept for a Green Modular Data Centre System.

The other three organisations are Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG), the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, the National University of Singapore (NUS). The concept is to install approximately one Petaflop of NSCC’s supercomputer at the Singapore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal on Jurong Island and use the Terminal’s chilled seawater supply – which is discharged as part of the Terminal’s LNG regasification process – to help cool the supercomputer and the data centres.

The project will also explore powering the prototype system with renewable solar energy or green power backup using hydrogen fuel cell, instead of a diesel power generation set. If the concept proves successful, the project team estimates that the system has the potential to save 0.2MW of power, roughly equivalent to a carbon footprint reduction of 700 tonnes per year, or carbon sequestered by around 11,575 tree seedlings planted and grown over 10 years.

The proposed design for the data centre will make use of pre-fabricated, standard-sized containers to house the supercomputer, which will allow for faster set-up and installation than for traditional data centre buildings. Surbana Jurong will leverage its engineering design expertise in new and renewable energies, low carbon technologies, cold energy harnessing and smart grid for the project. Read more on our website

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