Shell and PDENH are investing in Dutch sustainable datacentre 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 function in a sustainable manner. Their solution is suitable for the most demanding users, regardless of the physical environment surrounding the datacentres. The technology, called Immersed Computing®, 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.”

About the technology

Datacentres can become more energy efficient using Asperitas’ cooling technology, while at the same time reducing the space needed for the same IT capacity by directly cooling the hardware with an optimised liquid developed by Shell. The completely closed solution can be directly applied to existing datacentres. Asperitas’ solution is the only pumpless immersion cooled system, based on the natural convection concept, resulting in plug and play enterprise ready solutions.

The technology also makes it possible for energy-intensive (future) hardware of chip manufacturers to continue to function at the highest possible utilisation rate. The latter makes the technology interesting for users of high-performance computing systems. A unique aspect of Asperitas’ solution is its ability to offer hot water-cooling, which makes it possible to cool datacentres with outside temperatures, even in warm areas. The solution converts all electricity used for the hardware into a usable energy form: warm water of at least 55 degrees Celsius. This would allow datacentres to transform into suppliers of heat on a large scale, catering to the needs of many European regions where many datacentres are housed, including the Amsterdam region.

About Asperitas

Asperitas, a Dutch clean and high-tech scale-up, developed and marketed a technology based on immersion liquid cooling to enable datacentres to function in a sustainable manner, even for the most demanding users and environments. Asperitas was the winner of the international competition New Energy Challenge in 2018, organised by Shell, Rockstart and YESDelft and in the same year was named “Hottest Greentech Start-up of Europe” and “Global Changemakers” by other award competitions.

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