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Ask An Expert: Data Centers PAGE Major Data Center Performance Metrics New Data Center Cooling Technologies Increase Efficiency Commissioning Data Centers To Ensure Energy Efficiency Keep Your Eye on Data Center Energy Efficiency Trends

New Data Center Cooling Technologies Increase Efficiency

March 2012 - Data Centers   Article Use Policy

How can implementing new cooling technologies like air-side economization and evaporative cooling help managers save energy?


Air-side economization and evaporative cooling are great techniques for exchanging the heat generated from IT equipment of a data center.  Implementation of said techniques in an existing facility presents significant logistical challenges and requires the analysis of mechanical engineers and architects. Retrofitting an existing infrastructure requires a significant capital investment and sustaining operations while possible  equipment replacements requires commitment from senior management and the strict method of procedure doctrines — a project not for the faint of heart. Data center managers must be aware of local environmental factors when applying air-side economization ranging from degree day frequency, air-borne pollutants, security and structural feasibility. Evaporative cooling technology, a very efficient means of heat exchange, consumes significant domestic water to account for evaporation processes. The source of make-up water must be thoroughly assessed to confirm reliable sources and redundancy which is dependent on the users’ critical load criteria. A means of providing water storage is prudent if the IT infrastructure is deemed highly critical to revenue — buyer beware water storage consumes significant real estate for extended hours of backup.

 Answers provided by Paul Mihm, PE, executive vice president, Rubicon Professional Services 


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