Daniel O’Connell, Business Development Manager Upgrade with ebm-papst, explains how the leading fans and motors manufacturer collaborated with Vertiv and CBRE to review energy efficiency at three of global financial services company UBS’s London data centres.
The simplest way to reduce the energy consumption in buildings is to ensure that all heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is fitted with the highest efficiency EC fans. Those involved in the data centre industry are quickly realising the energy reduction potential in their buildings through upgrading HVAC equipment to innovative Electronically Commutated (EC) fans. The motor and control technology in GreenTech EC fans from ebm-papst has enabled UBS to benefit from proven efficient upgrades to its data centre cooling systems.
Steve and Christina Taliadoros from LU-VE UK organised and sponsored the prize visit to this innovative manufacturer's heart on the outskirts of Milan, northern Italy. The group included winner, Joshua Lincoln from Adcock, and highly commended winners Peter Coupe from DD Cooling and Christopher Lake from JD Cooling Systems. Also, their employers came out, namely Stuart Dougal, Adcock and Dave Dobson, DD Cooling. Jacinta Caden from TECNAIR joined us too.
Power and cooling are, for many data centre owners, their biggest operational expenditure (Opex) cost. It is not just the physical cost of the energy that impacts Opex.
It is the increasing cost of emission taxes applied to data centres. To help improve efficiency, data centre owners have turned to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to model airflow to optimise cooling. While the science behind CFD makes it ideal for modelling data centres, it can quickly become outdated as workloads change.
Dave Wolfenden of Heatload explains why models must be verified and use real-time data to stay valid.