Infosys, Shell Partner for Sustainable Data Centres
Infosys, a global frontrunner in next-generation digital services and consulting, has announced a strategic collaboration with Shell New Energies UK Ltd (Shell), an international energy company, aimed at accelerating the adoption of immersion cooling services within data centres.
This partnership between Infosys and Shell combines their expertise in Digital and Energy, respectively, along with an extensive ecosystem of partners.
The goal is to craft an integrated offering for environmentally sustainable data centres. This endeavour involves utilising Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid, a synthetic, single-phase immersion cooling fluid optimised for enhancing the energy efficiency and performance of data servers and IT components. Additionally, Infosys brings its AI-first suite, Infosys Topaz, consisting of services, solutions, and platforms powered by generative AI technologies.
Recent industry estimates indicate that data centres contribute up to 1.5 per cent of global electricity consumption and 1 per cent of global CO2 emissions. With the expected surge in data centre demand due to AI, energy consumption and CO2 emissions are poised to rise significantly.
Immersion cooling technology claims to potentially reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30% and decrease energy footprint production by 48%. Infosys and Shell plan to validate these claims through testing, leveraging both Shell’s immersion cooling and Infosys’ digital solutions. Following successful pilot implementations at Shell’s and Infosys' data centres, the collaboration aims to extend the offering to customers worldwide.
Having achieved carbon neutrality 30 years ahead of the Paris Agreement's 2050 timeline, Infosys recognises the business imperative of reducing carbon intensity. The company has developed tailored solutions to assist clients in their decarbonisation journey.
Shell, with a target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, aligns its sustainability goals with Infosys. Together, they envision utilising digital technologies to monitor and optimise immersion cooling, further reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
Ashiss Kumar Dash, EVP & Global Head – Sustainability, Services, Utilities, Resources and Energy, Infosys, emphasised, "In our collaboration with Shell, we aim to forge a more sustainable future. This partnership will leverage AI-based digital solutions to create environmentally responsible data centres capable of handling high computing loads with optimised hardware.
"It is imperative that future solutions, both digital and physical, are designed to make AI more sustainable and scalable. This collaboration underscores our steadfast commitment to assisting organisations in achieving their sustainability objectives while enhancing operational efficiency."
Aysun Akik, VP New Business Development and Global Key Accounts Downstream & Renewables, Shell Lubricants, expressed, “We believe our immersion cooling technology can play a critical role in reducing data center energy use and aiding customers in fulfilling their sustainability commitments.
"Shell Immersion Cooling Fluids, based on Shell’s proprietary gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, have the potential to lower costs, enhance performance, and reduce the environmental footprint of data centre operations. Collaborating with Infosys to integrate our technology with digital solutions brings comprehensive data centre optimisation toolkits to customers, and we are enthusiastic about the prospect of contributing to their decarbonisation efforts.”
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