Nokia and Innventure announced plans to commercialise high-performance cooling technology developed by Nokia Bell Labs for data centres and mobile network equipment. Innventure has established a new company, Accelsius, which has acquired the rights to the cooling technology from Nokia and will be responsible for its further development and commercialisation.
The groundbreaking, scalable cooling technology provides cooling direct to the chip or other heat sources. A passive two-stage coolant circulation process enables reliable, energy-efficient heat transfer and dissipation from high-density heat sources, without using pumps. The simple to install, energy efficient and compact cooling solution is adaptable for a broad range of critical electronic equipment and can be deployed at any scale, from a single server to large data centres.
Jukka Nihtila, Nokia’s Vice-President of Patent Transactions and External Alliances, said: “Energy efficient networks and reliable cooling have always been important areas of innovation at Nokia. By collaborating with Innventure, our hugely versatile cooling technology can be offered to a broad range of companies in different industries to meet the challenge of heat densities in data centres and telecom networks while lowering energy consumption.”
Bill Haskell, Founder and CEO of Innventure, said: “We are very excited to build a new company around a technology that Nokia Bell Labs has been developing for more than a decade. This innovative technology addresses an acute market need across the entire spectrum of networking and computing sites. It is positioned to disrupt the cooling industry as it exists today with flexible solutions that can be widely deployed for data centres and telecom.”
Theodore Sizer, Lab Leader, Optical Systems and Device Research at Nokia Bell Labs said: “We are delighted to work with Innventure to commercialise our groundbreaking cooling technology. This innovative solution developed at Nokia Bell Labs will enable cooling of computing systems with high heat densities, at low energy consumption and with very little complexity. This advancement will help data centres continue to grow their computing capacity while becoming more energy efficient.”
The collaboration between Nokia and Innventure follows the announcement in 2019 that the two companies would work together to commercialise Nokia’s technology and intellectual property in areas beyond Nokia’s core business.