Next generation water technology company Hydroleap has partnered with IX Technology (IXT) — a Singapore-based provider of data centre mechanical and electrical (M&E) infrastructure solutions — to transform water management in cooling towers, allowing businesses in the data centre industry to reduce water consumption; lower chemical use; bring down the carbon footprint; and improve regulatory compliance.
IXT will promote Hydroleap electro-oxidation technology (HL-EO) that is being used by blue-chip data centre companies and CapitaLand, to more data centre and semiconductor companies in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The data centre industry supports the global digital infrastructure but with their intensive water consumption and discharges, the sector faces growing pressure to adopt eco-friendly practices and comply with ESG requirements.
In a 2022 global market comparison report, Singapore was ranked as the number two most desirable market for data centre facilities in the world. Singapore’s industrial sector reportedly utilises 55% of the country’s water including data centres which is expected to rise to 70% by 2060.
The demand for data centre services continues to rise, with OpenAI ChatGPT consuming 500ml of water for every 5-50 prompts it answers, according to a researcher at the University of California. As generative AI adoption picks up, this water usage is expected to rise further. This partnership between Hydroleap and IXT thus promotes a more sustainable future for data centre operations.
“Efficient cooling methods with lowered water consumption play a role in sustainability. By combining our teams, we aim to empower data centre businesses to be more sustainable in their water consumption,” said Dr Mohammad Sherafatmand, founder and CEO of Hydroleap. Steven Lee, founder and managing director of IXT, added, “This partnership marks a milestone towards building more sustainable data centre facilities. With Hydroleap, we aim to set a new standard for water treatment and carbon reduction for data centres.”
Powered by technologies, Hydroleap is revolutionising the way industrial wastewater is treated across multiple industries including data centres, F&B and palm oil, through solutions that are automated, robust, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly. Driven by a team of R&D experts, Hydroleap’s electrochemical techniques are said to reduce up to 95% pollutants present in industrial wastewater and lessen the water discharges by 70% in the cooling towers.
IXT specialises in data centre M&E infrastructure solutions to ensure clients’ business continuity and operational uptime. With teams of data centre professionals, they provide end-to-end services from design and construction to preventive maintenance with technical support for data centres, corporate server rooms and offices for clients.