Thursday, 28th May 2020

Shell and PDENH are investing in Dutch sustainable data centre technology scaleup Asperitas

Asperitas has attracted an investment from Shell Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Shell, and the Participation Fund for Sustainable Economy North Holland (PDENH). The investment, led by Shell Ventures, supports the acceleration of Asperitas’ mission to enable sustainable datacentres on a global scale.

Asperitas has developed a technology based on immersion liquid cooling to enable datacentres to become more energy efficient. Their solution is suitable for the most demanding datacentres, and allows for efficient cooling regardless of the datacentres’ external environment. The award-winning technology, called Immersed Computing®, won the New Energy Challenge in 2018 and is already being used by multiple datacentres from cloud providers, banks and universities in Europe.

Rolf Brink, CEO, Asperitas: “Shell Ventures and PDENH’s investment supports us on our mission to enable sustainable datacentres on a large and global scale. We are building a long-term strategic partnership with Shell, including the development of liquids for our technology, which has already led to optimisations.”

“We are very excited with this Investment,” says Maurice Benning, Investment Principal Shell Ventures. “Asperitas is providing a technology that offers an immersed liquid cooling solution for fast growing energy intensive applications. The liquid used is a Shell product and together with the Asperitas Technology, we can offer cleaner energy solutions to our customers to help them to reduce their emissions and lower their energy consumption.”

Bart Blokhuis, Director, PDENH: “The rapidly increasing worldwide use of data is associated with many energy challenges. Datacentres consume an enormous amount of energy in a low-efficient manner. By contributing to technology developed by Asperitas, PDENH is investing in a revolutionary method to reduce energy consumption and make better use of residual energy.”
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