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Air Economizer Targets Data Centers

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the Ecoflair Indirect Air Economizer cooling solution, which can reduce cooling operating costs by 60 percent when compared with legacy chilled water or refrigerant technologies. Designed for roof-top or on-grade deployments, Ecoflair moves cooling from the data center floor to the facility exterior, freeing up white space for IT equipment.

Available in 250kW and 500kW modules, Ecoflair’s flexible design features:

  • Customization options based on cooling requirements and environmental/climatic conditions. Modular construction simplifies deployment and installation, increased serviceability and lowered maintenance costs.
  • Tubular design prevents fouling caused by cooling water residue buildup common with plate-style heat exchangers, minimizing maintenance and impact to performance.

Full polymer construction eliminates the risk of corrosion when wet or exposed to the elements. Ecoflair can also achieve efficiency gains of 15 to 20 percent when compared with other indirect air economizer systems, providing the following energy-saving benefits:

  • Less energy required for cooling means data center operators can increase IT load with the same electrical infrastructure. Studies conducted by Schneider Electric have shown as much as 30 percent more IT can be supported with the same electrical backbone when compared to typical cooling topologies like chilled water or direct expansion (DX).
  • Alternately, there’s a reduction in overall CapEx due to a smaller electrical infrastructure requirement. Schneider Electric estimates the CapEx savings can be as much as 6 percent when downsizing the electrical backbone due to the lower total power demand resulting from using Ecoflair. 

For more information on the Ecoflair Indirect Air Economizer, please contact your local Schneider Electric representative and download this brochure.

Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »   posted on: 1/23/2018

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