Infosys and Shell partner on immersion cooling technology for data centres
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Infosys and Shell partner on immersion cooling technology for data centres

India’s Infosys, a global leader in digital services and consulting, has announced a collaboration with Shell New Energies UK Ltd, an international energy company, to foster the adoption of immersion cooling services in data centres. This strategic partnership aims to integrate Infosys and Shell's expertise in digital and energy sectors, respectively, along with a network of partners, to develop an integrated offering for environmentally sustainable data centres.

The collaboration will utilise Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid, a synthetic, single-phase immersion cooling fluid designed to enhance the energy efficiency and performance of data servers and IT components. Infosys will contribute its AI-first services, solutions, and platforms, including Infosys Topaz, which employs generative AI technologies.

Data centres are estimated to account for up to 1.5% of global electricity consumption and 1% of global CO2 emissions. With AI expected to increase data centre demand, energy consumption and CO2 emissions are projected to rise significantly. Immersion cooling technology, however, has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30% and energy footprint by 48%.

Shell and Infosys will test this technology, combining Shell’s immersion cooling and Infosys’ digital solutions. Following pilot projects at Shell’s and Infosys' data centrws, the companies plan to extend this offering to other global customers.

Infosys, which achieved carbon neutrality 30 years ahead of the 2050 Paris Agreement timeline, focuses on solutions that support clients in their decarbonisation journey. Shell, aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050, sees digital technologies as key to monitoring and optimising immersion cooling technology to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Ashiss Kumar Dash, EVP and global head – Sustainability, Services, Utilities, Resources, and Energy at Infosys, emphasised the collaboration's role in creating sustainable data centres and optimising operational efficiency. Aysun Akik, VP of New Business Development and Global Key Accounts Downstream & Renewables at Shell Lubricants, highlighted the potential of immersion cooling technology in reducing data centre energy use and aiding customers in meeting sustainability commitments.

Infosys, a pioneer in digital transformation, empowers clients in more than 56 countries with its expertise in cloud and AI. The company is committed to environmental sustainability and fostering an inclusive workplace.