Electrical engineering alum holds several patents related to data center cooling tech

Electrical engineering alum Joseph Capes ’88 has been named head of Allied Control Limited, a subsidiary of the Bitfury Group, according to a press release. 

Allied Control provides high-performance computing and liquid cooling technologies that are used in data centers globally, including Bitfury’s high-performance transaction processing centers. Its proprietary two-phase immersion cooling solution is covered by multiple patents globally and significantly reduces data center size and environmental footprint while delivering increased computing capabilities. 

“Joe is an important addition to our high-performance computing team,” says Valery Vavilov, CEO and co-founder of Bitfury. “Under his direction, we look forward to expanding our sustainable data center and computing technologies for artificial intelligence, blockchain, high-performance computing and other applications.”

Capes says power densities in data center and edge computing applications have increased dramatically due to the use of higher-powered chips. Data centers now use more electricity and water for cooling as traditional IT and mechanical infrastructure reaches practical limitations in efficiency and cost of operation.

“Liquid cooling helps us address this thermal trend in a way that is unachievable through other methods,” he adds. “Once you take into account IT hardware compaction, removal of mechanical air-conditioning and the ability to free-cool at higher outdoor ambient conditions, it is clear that liquid cooling can provide dramatic savings of energy, water and physical space while providing sound financial payback.”

Prior to joining Bitfury, Capes served as global director of cooling offer development for Schneider Electric’s cloud and service provider customer segment. He has held senior-level management positions in sales, marketing, product management, and business development for Schneider Electric, spanning 19 years of service with the company. Capes is an accomplished entrepreneur and start-up company executive with extensive mergers and acquisitions experience. He was previously vice president of sales and marketing for Premium Power, responsible for the commercialization of advanced battery power systems used in telecoms, utility, and renewable energy applications.

Capes was also co-founder and general manager of Coolcentric, a company that provides high efficiency liquid cooling solutions for data centers and high-performance computing applications.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and is named as an inventor in several patents related to datacenter cooling technologies.

Read more about liquid cooling and Allied Control in Bitfury's media release.

Joseph Capes courtesy of Bitfury

Electrical engineering alum Joseph Capes ’88 leads Bitfury Allied Control, a global provider of high-performance computing and liquid cooling technologies.