Facebook, Nortek Team to Cool Firms' First Asian Data Center

Oct. 13, 2018
Engineers from both Facebook and Nortek Air Solutions have worked together to develop StatePoint™ Liquid Cooling Technology, which will be used in a new state-of-the-art data center in Singapore.

St. Louis-based Nortek Air Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of custom air handler systems, announced last month that tech giant Facebook has chosen its patented StatePoint Technology® to be used in a new, state-of-the-art data center located in Singapore. The facility is Facebook’s fifteenth data center and the first engineered by the company in Asia.

Singapore is a major Asian technology center; however, the country’s high humidity and high temperatures make it challenging to construct an efficient data center in the area. StatePoint Liquid Cooling Technology is designed to reduce water consumption by up to 20% in such climates when compared to other indirect cooling systems. The average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of existing data centers in the area is greater that 1.75. This system is expected to achieve a PUE of 1.19, making this new data center one of the most efficient in the region.

The StatePoint system uses a liquid-to-air exchanger in which water evaporates through a membrane separation layer to cool the data center. The liquid-to-air membrane exchanger prevents cross contamination between the water and air streams. With the addition of a pre-cooling coil, the system can maintain required cooling water and temperatures in humid climates using minimal supplemental mechanical cooling.

“We are excited and proud to be part of the innovations that enable Facebook to further their environmental stewardship efforts without compromising their operations,” said Bruno Biasiotta, CEO of Nortek.

Since 2015, Nortek Air Solutions has worked closely with the Facebook engineering team to develop StatePoint Technology. The goal was to engineer a cooling solution that could help address the sustainability issues facing large data centers. Facebook and Nortek Air Solutions announced the technology in June of 2018.

About Nortek Air Solutions

Nortek Air Solutions is an industry leader and trusted provider of custom air handling solutions and HVAC equipment for a wide range of applications – from education and office buildings, to healthcare facilities and operating rooms to data center and cleanrooms, to manufacturing facilities. Nortek Air Solutions builds and sells custom commercial solutions under the Governair®, Huntair®, Mammoth®, Temtrol®, Venmar CES™ and Ventrol® brands. For more information about Nortek Air Solutions visit www.nortekair.com


StatePoint™ is a trademark of Nortek Air Solutions, LLC. StatePoint Technology®, Governair®, Huntair®, Mammoth®, Temtrol®, Venmar CES™ and Ventrol® brands are registered trademarks of Nortek Air Solutions, LLC.