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Congratulations, Darbi Schlenker!

The winner of the inaugural WRSP Award at the Wyoming State Science Fair is Meeteetse High School Senior Darbi Schlenker. Darbi will be attending the University in Fall 2016 and is the first official member of the 16-17 Scholars. 



Darbi Schlenker

Utilizing Phase Change Materials in Data Center Cooling

 

Abstract

While data consumption is on the rise, data centers continue to be of paramount importance. These power-consuming giants produce exorbitant amounts of heat, and while traditional air conditioners can keep the servers inside cool, the cooling systems require extreme amounts of energy because of their lack of efficiency. The goal of this investigation is to use phase change materials, also known as PCMs to design and test a plausible alternative to traditional air conditioning systems in data centers. Additionally, the inclusion of a thermoelectric generator with the purpose of reprocessing waste heat to produce energy will be explored. 


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