Cooling within the data center is essential to maintaining proper temperatures and protecting supported hardware. The challenge, however, is in identifying the right approach to cooling that keeps all systems operating at optimal levels without breaking the bank in terms of power consumption. One company has figured out the optimal approach, implementing data center services with free cooling year round.
According to this Data Center Knowledge report, Green House Data has revealed the design details of its new data center, one that will rely on free cooling throughout the year. The 25,000 square foot data center services facility will be built in Cheyenne, Wyoming and is set to open its doors in the first quarter of 2013.
Deerns America will provide the custom cooling system for the new facility. The company was hired as a result of its expertise in green data center design. The mechanical and electrical engineering firm is set to implement its Green Cooling for Data Centers (GC-DC) technology to provide outside air cooling for Green House Data. With the efficient design, the data center services company anticipates the new facility will run at an annual average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 and a peak PUE of 1.22.
President of Green House Data Shawn Mills reports that this progressive step is the next advancement for a company that is adding data center services space relying on 100 percent free cooling for optimal energy efficiency. Mills has noticed the increase in demand for low-energy cooling systems, efficiencies and green technologies. By implementing the GC-DC technology, the company will be able to reduce utility costs overall and pass these savings on to clients.
Data center services by Green House Data will become more efficient with the Deerns cooling system as outdoor air is drawn through a plate heat exchanger. Heat is then absorbed from the IT room’s hot return air where it is cooled and then re-circulated through the data center. The separation of the air streams ensures the outside air can be cooled through evaporation without influencing the humidity within the data center or risking the contamination of smoke, dust, pollen and other particulates.
“With the cool, dry geographical location selection chosen by Green House Data, implementing our free cooling system will have a great impact on energy efficiency,” Gary Cudmore, principal of Data Center Engineering for Deerns America, told Data Center Knowledge. “Additionally, the GC-DC system we’ve developed for this project will provide a data center environment complying with ASRHAE TC 9.9 guidelines without the need for expensive, energy-intensive chillers.”
If the outdoor air temperatures rise, evaporative coolers are used to provide low-energy supplemental cooling without requiring the use of cooling systems that rely on refrigeration. The overall design within the data center services environment users a hard floor or slab aisle containment and the overall system can easily and seamlessly grow with the Green House Data’s modular data center building design.
As the demand for data center services from Green House Data grows, so can the company’s choice for energy efficient cooling.
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Edited by Carrie Schmelkin