EcoCooling the Data Center at SustainabilityLive

EcoCooling the Data Center at SustainabilityLive

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Edie News, and is reprinted with permission.]

Greening information and communication technologies was top of the agenda at the NEMEX theater of SustainabilityLive.

Alan Beresford of EcoCooling explained how firms with large server needs could cut costs by 95% by switching to more environmentally friendly ways of cooling.

He claims a firm using a 100 kilo-watt server room will be using cooling equipment generating 28 kilo-watts of power. However, by using equipment like his, a firm could slash this down to a mere 4.2 kilo-watts.

He explained: "Companies are paying thousands of pounds for keeping server rooms cool and much of it could be saved with the installation of equipment which is more cost effective."

But, he also sounded a note of caution if the UK was to experience another hot summer, predicting crashes if temperatures reach 36 degrees.

EcoCooling is a manufacturer and retailer of evaporative cooling units. The program for SustainabilityLive describes Beresford's presentation thusly:

The application of low cost fresh air systems with evaporative cooling can reduce the cooling energy by typically 90%. Many locations do not have sufficient electrical supply for expansion. An evaporative cooling system can release as much as 50% additional power for business development. With the planned obsolescence of R22 refrigerants many organizations are planning replacement of existing cooling systems. An evaporative cooling system can provide a lower capital cost solution. Resilience and Redundancy is very important to IT managers. The installation of simple evaporative cooling based ventilation can provide a modular system with low cost redundancy. The presentation will explain how these ventilation systems operate and the principle of evaporative cooling and cover why we need alternative cooling methods. Operating costs, power consumption limits, environmental impact and the inadequacy of some existing installations will be reviewed.