Nautilus Data Technologies Proves Data Centers Do Not Have to Waste Drinking Water and Energy

STOCKTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AI–Nautilus Data Technologies, Inc. (“Nautilus”) commissioned its first high-performance, water-cooled data center at the Port of Stockton in California, proving its patented TRUE™ cooling system delivers all the benefits of emerging computing innovations without wasting water and energy. Typical data centers guzzle local drinking water to keep systems cool. By one estimate, traditional evaporative air-cooling annually consumes up to eight million gallons of water for each megawatt (MW) of energy needed to run the facility. Silicon Valley alone is home to 411 MWs of data center capacity – with those estimates, it would be more than three billion gallons of water wasted per year in one of the most drought-stricken areas of the country.

Nautilus’ Stockton Data Center is the only high-performance data center with a zero-impact cooling system. The data center operates at the highest level of energy efficiency, with no water consumption, no refrigerants, no water treatment chemicals, no wastewater, and no harm to wildlife.

“I’m very pleased that Nautilus has recognized the untapped potential and resources in our region and that they chose the Port of Stockton for the site of its new data center,” said Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09). “Nautilus’ sustainable digital infrastructure is yet another example of the innovation taking place right here in Stockton, and I hope more companies will see the benefits of investing in our community and region.”

Sustainable Water-Cooling Opens the Door for Valuable AI and Machine Learning Applications

Nautilus Data Technologies’ water cooling allows high-density computing at more than 100kW a rack, opening the door to wide-scale availability of more powerful high-performance computing applications using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. These applications support innovations such as remote education, telemedicine, telework, smart city, smart grid, smart transportation, and manufacturing efficiency that delivers increasing value to society and enables greater productivity and sustainability.

Nautilus is driving sustainability on market terms. With first-in-class power usage effectiveness (PUE) and high-density cooling, customers can future proof their increasing needs for higher performance. Simultaneously, they save money on their metered energy costs and advance their ESG objectives such as reducing carbon emissions, air pollution, and water consumption. These triple bottom line outcomes are what is embodied in TRUE™ — ”Total Resource Usage Effectiveness.”

“The rapidly growing data center sector is just as rapidly on the way to becoming utterly unsustainable,” said James Connaughton, CEO of Nautilus. “Nautilus can reverse that. Our goal is to transform the data center sector into one that is higher performing, dramatically more sustainable, and more rapidly and equitably able to serve communities, government, and businesses globally. We want to make this technology as widely available as possible to sustainably help close the digital divide and enhance the lives of people around the world.”

Nautilus’ Stockton Data Center Meets the Most Stringent Environmental Requirements in the World

Nautilus is proud to have demonstrated that its technology can achieve the highest standards of environmental performance required by the US government and the State of California. The Nautilus team worked collaboratively with federal, state, and local professionals responsible for environmental stewardship to secure all regulatory approvals, including:

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (160-page analysis finding no significant adverse impact to the environment)
  • US National Marine Fisheries Service (endangered species protection)
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service (endangered species protection)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (wetlands protections)
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife (state species protection)
  • California State Lands Commission (public trust and natural resource protection)
  • California Regional Water Quality Control Board (water quality protection)
  • California Air Quality Management District (air quality protection)

The Stockton Data Center is Open for Business

Nautilus commissioned Stockton 1 as a high-density data center with a cooling system that is 70% more efficient, cutting net power consumption by 30%. The data center supports 7MW of critical IT load in four vaults. The campus is located within the Port of Stockton, a Tier 1 Homeland Security Port, offering enhanced security, and is located outside of seismic zones and floodplains. The data center is carrier-neutral and connected to an 18 mile, 288-strand redundant fiber ring that links to the local carrier hotel, providing direct connectivity to all cloud and communication providers.

“We are really excited about the possibilities that Nautilus will bring to Stockton and San Joaquin County,” said Bob Gutierrez, Interim President and CEO of San Joaquin Partnership, “Since its arrival, we have received numerous inquiries about their services, and it has acted as a proof of concept for other technology innovators to come to San Joaquin. This project certainly puts us in a competitive position as technology companies seek competitive, innovative green solutions to their growing demand.”

Nautilus’ Stockton Data Center is operational and available for virtual or in-person tours. Learn more here:

About Nautilus Data Technologies

Nautilus Data Technologies has created the world’s most environmentally innovative, water-cooled data center infrastructure, setting new high-performance, efficiency, sustainability, and global scalability standards. Nautilus’ patented TRUE™ (“Total Resource Usage Effectiveness”) cooling system integrates proven maritime and industrial water-cooling technologies with next generation data center infrastructure to mark a new era of performance for the data center industry. TRUE™ reduces energy costs, eliminates water consumption, produces no wastewater, uses no harmful refrigerants or wastewater treatment chemicals, and lowers air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. TRUE™ further enables the widespread availability of high-performance computing for artificial intelligence and machine learning-based applications for remote education, telemedicine, telework, smart city, smart grid, smart transportation, gaming, and other valuable compute-intensive applications, accelerating global access to the substantial economic, social, and environmental benefits they provide.


Ashley Sturm
Phone: (636) 887-5628
1002 Embarcadero, Stockton, CA

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