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Infosys And Shell Forge Alliance For Sustainable Data Centres

By Outlook Planet Desk December 01, 2023

The joint venture aims to promote green data centres, leveraging AI and immersion cooling technology for enhanced energy efficiency and environmental responsibility

Infosys And Shell Forge Alliance For Sustainable Data Centres
Data centres, accounting for 1.5 percent of global electricity consumption and 1 percent of CO2 emissions, face increased demand due to AI workloads. Shutterstock
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Infosys, a leader in digital services, has partnered with Shell New Energies UK Ltd. to advance the adoption of immersion cooling services for data centres. The collaboration aims to harness Shell's Immersion Cooling Fluid and Infosys' AI-driven Topaz services to create a sustainable offering. Immersion cooling technology could potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent and the energy footprint by 48 percent.

The companies plan to test this technology in their own data centres before extending it globally. The collaboration reflects a commitment to environmental responsibility and leveraging digital solutions for enhanced energy efficiency.

Data centres, accounting for 1.5 percent of global electricity consumption and 1 percent of CO2 emissions, face increased demand due to AI workloads. Infosys and Shell plan to address this challenge by combining their expertise and testing the potential of immersion cooling technology. The strategic partnership aims to develop environmentally responsible data centres capable of managing high computing loads efficiently.

Having achieved carbon neutrality 30 years ahead of the Paris Agreement's 2050 target, Infosys understands the importance of reducing carbon intensity. The collaboration aligns with Infosys' commitment to aiding clients in their decarbonization journey.

Shell, aspiring to become a net-zero-emissions energy business by 2050, sees the collaboration as an opportunity to utilise digital technologies for monitoring and adjusting immersion cooling technology, further reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

Ashiss Kumar Dash, EVP & Global Head of Sustainability, Services, Utilities, Resources, and Energy at Infosys, stated, "This collaboration will leverage AI-based digital solutions that will create environmentally responsible data centres that can manage high computing loads with optimised hardware." The joint efforts between Infosys and Shell exemplify their commitment to sustainability, emphasising the importance of creating scalable and sustainable AI solutions.

AysunAkik, VP of New Business Development and Global Key Accounts Downstream & Renewables at Shell Lubricants, expressed optimism about the collaboration, saying, "Working with Infosys to supplement our technology with digital solutions would bring complete data centre optimisation toolkits to customers, and we are excited about the prospect of helping them decarbonize."

The partnership aims to deliver comprehensive data centre optimisation solutions, marrying cutting-edge technology with sustainability goals.

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