On April 12, 2012 management and engineering representatives of Aztec, part of Mestex division of Mestek family of products, met with engineering representatives from the University of Texas at Arlington to define how resources will be jointly applied to researching and developing an advanced technology indirect evaporative cooling solution for data centers. Research already started at both organizations will be shared in order to more quickly advance the development of a viable solution to the high rate of energy and water consumption by data centers.
The joint project will be part of the NSF-I/UCRC program. This program, initiated by the National Science Foundation, is a collaboration between 5 major universities and a select group of industry contributors. The stated purpose of the program is to develop commercially viable solutions that will improve energy efficiency in data centers. Research projects range from chip level solutions all the way to complete, large scale, data center solutions. Aztec will be contributing special knowledge of evaporative cooling and outside air cooling solutions that has been developed over 40 years of product development and marketing.