Intel is joining data center work at RISE, the Swedish research institute for sustainable transition technologies.

The chip giant will take part in RISE's data center testbed, known as the Infrastructure and Cloud research & test Environment (ICE), aiming to find ways to remove heat sustainably from chips, using air and liquid cooling.

RI.SE's ICE facility – RI.SE

RISE's data center work is based in Luleå, Sweden, and already has industrial partnerships with Meta, Ericsson, Vattenfall, ABB, LTU, Vertiv, and BP Castrol. The body, owned by the Swedish state and supported by EU and national funds, also works with universities and other public sector bodies.

Intel will specifically support the ICE with thermal test vehicles and chip heat flux emulators. RISE will provide access to study results and experts, as well as publications and demonstrations by RISE and engagement in small research and development studies.

"We can't disclose any more at this stage," Tor Bjorn Minde, head of the ICE Data Centre unit told DCD. "Going forward you will see project results with Intel involvement."

RISE's large-scale test environment includes data center modules, climate and heat boxes, wind tunnels, edge and liquid cooling testbeds, and the ability to take simulations and concepts to the point of implemented demonstrations and tests for data collection and analysis.

“We want to come closer to the industrial needs and direct bilateral collaborations help the dialogue. This way we can continue to develop our thought leadership together with our industry collaborators,” said Tor Björn Minde, director of ICE Data Centre at RISE.

Viktor Tymchenko, Intel vice president, Data Center Group, Platform Hardware Engineering Division said: “Through the Intel and RISE collaboration, thermal innovations for future cloud and server platforms and facilities will come to market sooner, with the goal of benefiting the entire industry and the planet.”

Intel scrapped its own planned $700 million data center cooling research facility earlier this year, but is part of the DOE's Coolerchips program to cool the nest generation of hardware.

In the latest cooling supplements, we spoke to the company's Tejas Shah about its efforts to cool 2kW TDP chips.