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Geothermal cooling brings down data center temperatures

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Cooling is the process of moving heat energy from one place to another. Traditional cooling requires energy to power mechanical refrigeration, but geothermal cooling uses the subterranean earth as a big heat sink.

The ground below us generally stays cooler than the surface and keeps a constant temperature year-round. Rather than use a heat exchanger to cool a data center using ambient air or local water -- which can fluctuate significantly with the time of day or season -- data center designers are using heat exchangers and naturally cooler air from underground.

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