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Nortek, Facebook Partner on Data Center Cooling Tech

Dec. 20, 2019
Firms celebrate Oklahoma plant investment to manufacture "World’s First Sustainable Data Center Cooling Technology” that cuts energy and water consumption.

Oklahoma City, OK, Dec. 16 , 2019 — Nortek Air Solutions (NAS), St. Louis, MO, a leading provider of custom air handlers, celebrated the completion of its first manufactured StatePoint™ Liquid Cooling (SPLC) system, billed as “The World’s First Sustainable Data Center Cooling Technology.” The ceremony took place Dec. 3.

SPLC technology was co-developed through a partnership with Facebook, Menlo Park, CA. NAS and Facebook began developing the SPLC technology in 2015. NAS recently modernized and retooled the Oklahoma City plant with a $15-million investment to manufacture SPLC systems.

The key to the SPLC’s patented design is a microporous membrane exchanger that is hydrophobic and highly resilient to scale formation. Evaporation through the membrane creates a liquid-to-air heat exchanger that cools water without cross-contamination between the water and air streams. The resulting chilled water can supply a variety of cooling distribution methodologies including fan coil walls, CRAH, hot aisle enclosures, rear door heat exchangers, chip cooling and cold plates.

SPLC will further position NAS as the dominant manufacturer in data center cooling technology, which also includes ServerCool™ liquid cooling products, such as rear door heat exchangers (ADHX) and coolant distribution units (CDU).

“StatePoint Liquid Cooling provides a data center cooling option that facilitates our 'To Create a Better Tomorrow Every Day' mission by reducing carbon emissions and water consumption versus other digital environment HVAC methods” said NAS CEO Bruno Biasiotta (right), who spoke at the event.

“HVAC equipment is expected to increase the world’s carbon emissions from today’s 15 percent to 25 percent by 2030," he added. "Water is also a precious commodity that is limited supply. Therefore, StatePoint is an HVAC solution that will ultimately promote a conscientious stewardship of our planet.”

(From left to right) Simon Peckham, Chief Executive, Melrose Industries PLC, London, parent company of NAS; Bruno Biasiotta, CEO, NAS; Kris Holla, Group Vice President, Channel Sales, NAS; and Kevin Facinelli, Senior Vice President, Engineering, NAS.

To learn more about Nortek Air Solutions, please visit www.nortekair.com.