Nautilus cooling tech to be used by Start Campus in Portugal

The pioneering water-cooling technology is set to elevate energy efficiencies and cooling capabilities at this emerging Atlantic Hub, Start Campus says

The company responsible for developing the SINES Project — a 495 MW hyperscale data centre development in progress in Portugal — has launched a partnership to support sustainable cooling.

Start Campus is to use Nautilus Data Technologies’ river cooling technology after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to utilise the technology.

Under the terms of the MoU Nautilus’ pioneering zero-water consuming cooling system will be implemented across multiple phases of the project. The patented technology is proven to elevate energy efficiency and cooling capabilities. 

Impact of Start Campus and Nautilus Data Technologies’ partnership

Afonso Salema, CEO of Start Campus said: “We believe in pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the data centre ecosystem. This partnership with Nautilus aligns perfectly with our mission to explore innovative solutions that maximise efficiency while minimising environmental impact.”


“Nautilus provides the foundational infrastructure that paves the way for the most efficient and sustainable data centres,” says Rob Pfleging, CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, “Teaming up with Start Campus allows us to elevate the efficiency and environmental stewardship of our solutions. Together, we are reshaping the blueprint of tomorrow's data centre landscape.”

Smart Campus

Founded in 2020, Smart Campus is working to be carbon neutral in its operations by 2025, and to be fully carbon-free by 2028. 

Smart Campus’ SINES Project benefits from zero-consumption ocean water cooling systems, access to the high voltage power grid, connectivity through high-capacity international fibre optic cables throughout Europe, the Americas, and Africa.

Situated on repurposed industrial land less than 150km from Lisbon, plans for the facility were announced in 2021 by Start Campus, which is owned by American firm Davidson Kempner and Pioneer Point Partners, based in the UK.

Its strategic location offers the connection point of four continents by fibre optic networks, 100% renewable and competitive energy 24/7, and repurposed ocean water facilities for no water-consumption cooling, which Start Campus says provides a state-of-the-art ecosystem.


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