Princeton Digital Group to build 48 MW campus in Mumbai
“Our ambition is to be one of the largest, pan national hyperscale data centre providers in the country over the next three years,’ commented Vipin Shirsat, Managing Director, India at PDG during the project’s announcement last week.
Now, PDG is putting that plan into action, with the commencement of a new greenfield project to build a hyperscale data centre campus near Mumbai. The facility will comprise two data centres, with a combined IT capacity of 48 MW. The company expects the facility to serve “the massive scale requirements of customers in the region.”
The expansion will grow throughout India and beyond in the next three years, with projects planned for other sites in India, as well as throughout China, Singapore and Indonesia. By 2024, PDG plans to own and operate “an unrivalled portfolio of 18 data centres, with over 350MW, across four countries,” commented Rangu Salgame, Chairman and CEO of PDG.
The new campus will be a part of the Navi Mumbai cluster, which is one of the fastest-growing data centre regions in an already rapidly expanding market. The Mumbai data centre industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 22% during the period of 2017-2023, and the area currently houses around 31% of India’s entire colocation footprint.
The new campus is expected to come online in 2022, adding to the company’s existing portfolio of seven data centre facilities in China, Singapore and Indonesia.
“We are delighted to announce the build of our first data center campus in India. Our commitment to supporting our hyperscale customers in India is part of our core strategy to be a market leader in APAC,” added Salgame in a statement to the press.
NUS and NTU launch cooling project for tropical data centres
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have announced a project in an attempt to source and develop new cooling solutions for data centres located in tropical areas. According to the companies, the programme costs S$23mn (US$17.1mn) and plans to research, build and test innovative and sustainable cooling solutions.
The Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT)
The NUS and NTU say that the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) will act as a research point and innovation hub for the project. Facebook, along with the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF), is also involved, providing funding for the programme. Further support from other partners includes the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Ascenix, CoolestDC Keppel Data Centres, Red Dot Analytics, and New Media Express.
Commenting on working with the companies, Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure, Alex Johnson, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to partner NUS, NTU, Keppel Data Centres and the CoolestSG community to develop innovative solutions that reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of the average data centre, particularly those located in tropical areas like Singapore”.
The NTU and NUS highlight that Singapore houses 60% of Southeast Asia’s total data centre market, and aims to supply 12% of the country’s total energy needs by 2030. This results in the need to reduce the carbon footprints and power consumption of data centres, meaning more innovative cooling solutions are required, the NTU and NUS said.
Professor Chen Thuan, Deputy President of Research & Technology at the NUS, said: “Data centres are a critical enabler of the digital economy, but the average data centre can exert a significant environmental burden. Aligned with RIE 2025, sustainability is a key research focus of NUS, and our researchers have deep expertise in developing integrated solutions for tropical, urban and Asian settings”.
How will the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) help to provide cooling solutions?
According to the NUS and NTU, the STDCT will be built using equipment such as a novel desiccant-coated heat exchanger and a StatePoint Liquid Cooling System (SPLC) designed by both Nortek Air Solutions and Facebook. The institutions also say they will adopt chip-level hybrid cooling to ensure servers remain cool.
Furthermore, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) will aim to manage the “smart operations” of the technologies so that the data centres are water and power efficient, as well as able to preserve equipment and servers.
The NTU and NSU said in a joint statement the combination of the cooling technologies could reduce energy consumption “significantly” and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared to traditional air-cooled data centres. If adopted industry-wide across the entire tropical region, the energy usage of the data centre industry could potentially be lowered by at least 40%”, the companies said.
The STDCT is expected to be operational by 1 October 2021.