Start Campus, Nautilus Data Technologies partner on sustainable data center cooling options

Sept. 10, 2023
Water-cooling technology set to elevate energy efficiencies and cooling capabilities for the SINES Project campus.

Start Campus, which is charged with developing the SINES Project—a 495 MW hyperscale data center development in Sines, Portugal—and Nautilus Data Technologies have established a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Nautilus’ cooling technology to support sustainable cooling for Start Campus’s SINES Project operations. 

The data center's location offers several advantages, including a connection point of four continents by fiber networks, 100% renewable and competitive energy, 24/7, and repurposed ocean water facilities for no water-consumption cooling. Start Campus said that by locating facilities outside of large metro regions, the SINES Project positively impacts net contributions by providing a new industry within local communities, complete with employment and new skills.

The two companies will collaborate on implementing cooling technology during Phase 1 of construction in Sines. The units will aid in enhancing existing cooling designs at the campus to fulfill Start Campus’s high-density, liquid-cooled server requirements. In Phase 2, Start Campus plans to leverage the complete Nautilus’ integrated technology and delivery solution for its 120 MW expansion. 

A vital part of the agreement is centered around sustainability. The two companies said that the signed agreement solidifies the shared ambition of Start Campus and Nautilus to enhance data center development through green innovation. Their combined expertise promises to shape the industry's future, embracing sustainable practices and advanced cooling solutions.

As the partnership evolves, both entities foresee Nautilus’ patented water-cooling system as integral to Start Campus' designs. The mutual goal is to incorporate the full breadth of Nautilus’ cutting-edge technology across future projects, driving greater efficiency and sustainability in the data center sector.

“Start Campus is always thrilled to find dedicated partners who share our vision for a sustainable and efficient data center model,” said Afonso Salema, CEO of Start Campus. “This partnership with Nautilus aligns perfectly with our mission to explore innovative solutions that maximize efficiency while minimizing environmental impact.”

Rob Pfleging, CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, agreed and added, "Nautilus provides the foundational infrastructure that, when combined with partners like Start Campus, paves the way for the most efficient and sustainable data centers.” 

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Sean Buckley

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