Data centre industry experts Dr Adam Beaumont, aql and Dr Jon Summers, University of Leeds join RAC Data Centre Cooling Question Time

Dr Adam Beaumont, CEO and founder of aql and Dr Jon Summers, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds will be joining the panel at the upcoming annual Data Centre Cooling Question Time in London on March 24th 2015.

Adam’s doctorate and practical experience in thermodynamics (the flow and interchange of heat and energy) has allowed aql to work with industry partners to design and build some of the UK’s most efficient and secure datacentres. He will intervene at the panel from an end-user point of view and says:

I am thrilled to be a part of this panel. aql is involved in one of the UK’s most innovative district heating schemes, working to utilise aql’s waste data centre heat with municipal schemes in the City. I am therefore looking forward to discussing the challenges of urban data centres at this event.

Dr Adam Beaumont, aql CEO and founder

The two experts have already joined forces to work on data centres energy flows and how to reuse heat in a sustainable way. aql sponsors the University of Leeds PHD programme which is focused on innovative energy efficiencies and key involvement in district heating scheme design – allowing heat offload from all aql’s datacentre locations.

The audience are usually interested in technology shifts that may change the way in which data centres are cooled in the future. This year the topic of data centre waste heat re-use is on the agenda, which is clearly close to the collaborative research project between aql and the University of Leeds.

Dr Jon Summers, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds

The Data Centre Cooling Question Time

The Data Centre Cooling Question Time is an annual panel of end-users, designers, FM providers and industry experts organized by RAC magazine. Already confirmed for this year’s edition are Frank Mills, Design Consultant for M&E company Cordant Technical, Consultant Robert Tozer from Operational Intelligence and Mark Acton, data centre specialist from CBRE Norland, together with Steve Lorimer, Keysource. Subjects will include: Direct vs Indirect free cooling, reducing energy in the data centre, challenges of upgrades and refurbishments, the re-use of “waste” heat, carbon emissions, ASHRAE environmental envelopes, liquid cooling and chilled water. The event will be held at The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, in London.

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