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ZincFive | February 03, 2023
ZincFive, one of the most well-known companies that work with nickel-zinc batteries for power applications, has recently released the brand-new BC Series, nickel-zinc UPS Battery Cabinets called the BC2.
This new product has forward and backward compatibility with megawatt UPS inverters, providing the smallest footprint per kilowatt, enhanced reliability, sustainability, less maintenance, and no thermal runway. As per the third-party analysis, ZincFive’s nickel-zinc batteries have a remarkable lower climate impact than lead-acid and lithium batteries.
CEO and Co-Founder of ZincFive, Tim Hysell, said, "ZincFive continues to innovate with our powerful, safe, and reliable nickel-zinc battery technology, and the BC 2 is a great solution to address all current and future data centre needs." He further added, "In addition, the importance of sustainability in data centre backup battery systems continues to grow. Both ZincFive and our customers are committed to reducing carbon footprint and operating costs without sacrificing safety or performance."
(Source – Business Wire)
This battery cabinet has a width of 21 inches, has passed a seismic shake test with an SDS of 2.29 g, giving it a strong seismic footprint, and features active cooling, simple maintenance, and easy conduit landing. It has optimized packaging and design of the same old NiZn batteries with the best power density, safety, and sustainability, with total assembling capacity with batteries in the cabinet, and renders strong Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) credit for mission-critical data centers.
ZincFive Awarded with 90 patents, ZincFive, a provider of nickel-zinc batteries and power solutions, utilizes the technology of The Power of Good Chemistry™ for the wellbeing of businesses, employees, and the environment. It is a private company based in Tualatin, Oregon, dedicated to the sustainability and safety of nickel-zinc chemistry, providing high power density, and optimizing performance for mission-critical applications, ensuring reliability, safety, and sustainability. It supports technology markets, the information technology sector, intelligent transportation, industrial engines, and data centers. Its products include the UPStealth® series, BC Series UPS Battery Cabinets, Monobloc Batteries, and Cylindrical Cells.
GRC® | February 21, 2023
On February 20, 2023, GRC® (Green Revolution Cooling), the leading company in immersion cooling for data centers, announced Korea's leading lubricant company, SK Enmove's participation in GRC's ElectroSafe® Fluid Partner Program.
SK Enmove's participation in the program allows GRC's global data center customers access to SK Enmove's proprietary immersion cooling fluids. Moreover, the partnership enables both companies to jointly develop and enhance new fluid formulations and advancements.
SK Enmove has developed an engineered thermal fluid that optimizes cooling for immersion-cooled data centers, delivering enhanced cooling efficiency and fire stability for data center operators. The proprietary fluid also increases the performance of server output and system safety while reducing operational costs and environmental impact. In addition, SK Enmove's fluid is engineered to withstand the equipment's lifespan and is recyclable and reusable after decommissioning, which aligns with the company's longstanding commitment to sustainability. The firm is currently one of the leading providers of EV fluid in the market.
GRC's ElectroSafe Fluid Partner Program assesses and approves dielectric fluids specifically intended for GRC's immersion cooling systems. This guarantees that the solutions are both environmentally responsible and globally available. They meet expectations regarding material compatibility, performance, safety, and customer requirements for increased data center energy efficiency, cooling capacity, and reliability. Additionally, all fluids accepted in the program aid in achieving GRC customers' ESG objectives while improving data center performance.
GRC® (Green Revolution Cooling) is a company that provides innovative cooling solutions for data centers, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence applications. Founded in 2009, the company's technology utilizes a unique liquid immersion cooling method that is environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, and cost-effective. Several products, including the ICEraQ™ and ICEtank® immersion cooling systems, help reduce energy consumption and increase computing performance. The firm has received several industry awards and recognitions, including the TechTarget 2020 Product of the Year, the CRN 2021 Data Center 100, and the Top Tier Product 2021 by the environmental organization, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). GRC continues to expand its reach and partnerships with companies like SK Enmove.
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IDTechEx | March 27, 2023
Thermal Interface Material (TIM) plays an important role in power electronics, computing processors, sensors, and energy storage devices. TIMs are the materials used to fill the void between heat sources and heat sinks to enhance heat transfer. TIMs come in a variety of forms, including gap pads, thermal greases, thermally conductive adhesives, and phase change materials. The form varies significantly across target application areas, cost, and ease of mass deployment. With the ever-increasing power demand and heat generation for many emerging industries, such as data centers, 5G, and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), TIMs are experiencing rapid growth and evolution, leading to significant market opportunities and massive potential for each of the target industries.
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a fast-growing market; IDTechEx forecasts that electric vehicle markets across land, sea, and air will generate US$2.6 trillion by 2042 with a double-digit annual growth rate. The battery is undoubtedly one of the most important components of an EV. Together with the fast adoption of EVs, there is also a trend for higher power density, larger battery capacity, and faster charging.
TCAs have the fastest growth but gap fillers retain their dominant position over the next ten years. Source: IDTechEx - "Thermal Interface Materials 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities".
The most used TIM forms in the EV battery industry include gap pads, gap fillers, and thermally conductive adhesives (TCAs). There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution when it comes to TIM form, and the choice is ultimately subject to battery design configuration. Gap filler is by far the most widely adopted TIM for EV batteries at this stage, thanks to their superior ability to be efficiently dispensed at high volumes. However, in order to increase energy density and achieve a longer range, EV batteries have been shifting from modular to cell-to-pack designs. This shift is expected to have profound impacts on the adoption of TIMs. Modular battery designs consist of multiple individual battery modules connected to form a battery pack. Each module has a separate casing and requires a separate TIM to transfer heat from the cell to the cooling system. In contrast, the cell-to-pack design combines the battery cells into a single, large battery module, eliminating the need for separate module housings and TIMs.
This battery transition reduces TIM usage per vehicle as there are fewer thermal interfaces between the cells and the cooling plate. The elimination of module housings means cells can directly contact the cooling plate, thereby changing the performance requirements of the TIM. The TIM needs to transfer heat efficiently to avoid hotspots, as well as present good material compatibility with the cold plate. As the TIMs are positioned directly between the cells and the cold plate, an increased adhesion of TIMs is needed to stick the cells and cold plates together. Therefore, IDTechEx forecasts thermally conductive adhesives to be increasingly adopted thanks to this battery design transition, and by 2020, the market size of TCA within the EV industry is expected to have a 15-fold increase. More details about the opportunities associated with this transition are included in IDTechEx's latest research, "Thermal Interface Materials 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities".
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