Houston, TX – Shell Lubricants is expanding their product portfolio to include a new immersion cooling fluid for use in data centers. Made from natural gas using Shell GTL (Gas to Liquid) Technology to help organizations meet their net-zero ambitions, Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid S5 X is designed for liquid cooling of data servers.

“Shell Lubricants is committed to providing customers with carbon reduction alternatives and one of the most important benefits of immersion cooling fluid is sustainability and renewable energy,” said Darin Gonzalez, U.S. Immersion Cooling Lead, Shell Lubricants. “As part of an integrated energy solution, Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid S5 X is designed to reduce energy costs and emissions through its high cooling efficiency, flow behavior and excellent thermodynamic properties.”

Data centers account for roughly 1% of global electricity consumption, a third of which comes directly from electronic cooling components.[1] One of the most significant benefits of immersion cooling is sustainability and renewable energy. Compared with traditional air cooling, single-phase immersion cooling technology as an integrated solution can reduce energy use and carbon emissions in data centers by up to 48% through its high cooling efficiency which is advantageous for data centers of all sizes.[2] [3]

Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid S5 X is optimized for natural convection-driven immersion cooling solutions but can also be used in pumped/forced circulation systems. It can help eliminate cooling fans thus reducing the energy used by cooling infrastructure and removing heat and allowing for higher hashrates within a safe operating range.

The use of GTL to formulate Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid S5 X enables it to achieve high levels of safety, performance, and reliability. Key attributes for Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid S5 X include the following:

Safety and Purity

  • The GTL base oil meets EU and US pharmacopeia purity requirements.
  • A non-halogenated, food-grade product that is free from allergens.
  • Dielectric fluid with specially selected additives, and virtually free from impurities.
  • The fluid is inherently biodegradable and does not present ozone depletion potential.
  • Specifically selected additives enhance the fluid’s inherently high thermal and oxidation stability.


  • Excellent thermodynamic properties, a low density and a high flash-point.
  • The dielectric coolant is non-evaporating. 

Protection and Reliability

  • Compositional consistency and very high oxidation and thermal stability.
  • Contain virtually no sulfur, nitrogen or aromatics, and are noncorrosive.

Immersion cooling can offer data centers a significant advantage as they work to become more sustainable, seek renewable energy and look to reduce their carbon footprint. When integrated with other Shell Sustainability offerings, Shell Immersion Cooling technology can reduce and offset carbon emissions to meet customer needs.[4]

For additional information about Shell Immersion Cooling Fluid , please visit shell.us/immersion.

1 Kamiya, G., & Kvarnström, O. (2019, December 20). Data centres and energy – from global headlines to local headaches? Retrieved April 27, 2021, from https://www.iea.org/commentaries/data-centres-and-energy-from-global-headlines-to-local-headaches

2 Immersion cooling market in data centers: Growth, forecast (2019-2024). (2020). Retrieved April 27, 2021, from https:/www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/immersion-cooling-market-in-datacenters

3 Asperitas' & Shell. Integrated Immersion Cooling Solutions - Enabling Game Changing Energy USE Reduction at Data Centers [Brochure]. Author. Retrieved May 03, 2021, from https://www.shell.us/business-customers/lubricants-for-business/process-oils/immersion-cooling-fluids

4 Shell Global. Clean energy solutions. Retrieved April 22, 2021, from https://www.shell.com/business-customers/trading-and-supply/trading/shell-energy-europe/clean-energy-solutions.html


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