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Korea to reduce CO2 with world’s first LNG cold-heat-based data centre

Korea to reduce CO2 with world’s first LNG cold-heat-based data centre

Two South Korean companies have joined forces to develop a data centre that uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) to help reduce the heat generated during operation of IT servers.

Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 1st November, Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) and KT Corporation (KT) will work together to conduct a feasibility review, technology safety verification and domestic and foreign business development plans.

The partners aim to ‘dramatically reduce’ the power required – 30% of which is used for cooling – for the operation of data centres by using LNG cooling.

By utilising the unused energy generated when cooling natural gas to temperatures as low as -162C, forming LNG, it’s estimated that annual power consumption could be lowered by 60% in addition to significantly reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Calling it ‘another step towards carbon neutrality’, Chae Hee-bong, CEO, KOGAS, said that the agreement will help establish a cold chain cluster in Incheon New Port.

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