IBM says it is working towards developing technology that would make it possible to create zero-emission data centers, largely through the reuse of wasted heat.

In a presentation (http://www.usenix.org/events/lisa09/tech/slides/michel.pdf) delivered at LISA ’09, the Large Installation System Administration Conference in Zurich, IBM research manager Bruno Michel, outlined the ongoing work. Michel told the conference that IBM scientists are researching how to use high-performance liquid cooling, which would allow data centers to operate with coolant temperatures above the free cooling limit in all climates.

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