Subsea Cloud invites customers to trial underwater data centre with “Project OTTO” 


The scheme will allow enterprise customers to trial its underwater data centres before purchasing 

Underwater data centre provider Subsea Cloud (SSC), has announced the launch of ‘Project OTTO’, allowing users the opportunity to trial its solutions before making a permanent commitment. 

The US-based company constructs, deploys, and maintains subsea data centres, which can be deployed at depths of up to 9,500ft. It aims to create clean and scalable cloud infrastructure that can “out-compete rigid and expensive land-based centres” and claims its data centres offer unparalleled physical security compared to land-based ones. 

Data require costly and extensive cooling to ensure they are running at maximum efficiency. This is often achieved through liquid cooling, using water and/or other dielectric fluids to keep hardware cool. By placing the data centres themselves underwater, cool water becomes readily available at all times, dramatically reducing the amount of power used to facilitate the liquid cooling process.  

Additionally, underwater data centres are secure from security threats or natural disasters. 

According to SSC, submerged data centre technology could be a viable solution around the world, with more than half of the world’s population living within 120 miles of the coast. 

SSC has conducted individual trials with clients across various sectors over the last three years, but notes that this process can be prohibitively expensive. As a result, Project OTTO has been launched to enable companies to trial the technology without the need for costly individual deployments. 

“Project OTTO offers a testing platform for companies seeking power and cost reductions, but that remain unfamiliar with the subsea environment,” explained Max Reynolds, the company’s founder and CEO. 

“This project is driven by practical and mutual benefits. It eliminates the opportunity costs and the financial burden associated with the previous one-on-one approach for us and our clients,” she continued. 

Trial participants will receive 30-90 days of testing time in the unit before committing to larger-scale deployments.  

The anticipated benefits of the project are significant power and cost savings. Clients can expect to experience a 100% reduction in water usage and power consumed for cooling, a 40% decrease in carbon emissions, and a 30% reduction in operational costs. 

In addition to its focus on operational efficiency, SSC is actively pursuing opportunities with offshore wind farms as part of its commitment to sustainability. 

“By collocating with offshore wind farms, we not only mitigate challenges related to power transmission attenuation but also enhance the value proposition of aging European offshore wind portfolios,” explained SCC partner Peter Stensgård Hansen. 

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