Evaporative cooling for award winning data centre

Evaporative cooling for award winning data centre

The University of Aberdeen has Created a Low Carbon Shared Services Data Centre Facility using EcoCooling evaporative cooling. The University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen College, Robert Gordon University and Banff and Buchan College required a ‘Shared Services’ data centre to replace the existing, outdated facility. Whilst the existing site had sufficient space it lacked power and cooling capacity and was operating at a PUE of 2.6!

EcoCooling implemented its "intelligent" attemperation system for the University which accurately mixes a percentage of hot exit air with cold intake air to produce a stable equipment intake temperature irrespective of external ambient conditions. This is achieved through a series of air dampers and variable speed low energy fans controlled via a Schneider Electric Crouzet PLC control system.

With the exception of the programmable logic controller, PLC, the only power consumed by the EcoCooling system is fan power. Energy efficiency EC fans were used which use significantly less energy than conventional fan technology. EC stands for Electronically Commutated where the fan is fitted with a permanent magnet motor (PMM). EC technology enables continuous adjustment of the fan speed to meet the cooling demands of the data centre.

Peter Esson, Data Centre & Operations Manager, said "EcoCooling, and their installers set out to deliver what we felt was a very ambitious programme of work with a targeted PUE of 1.2. We and the joint venture partners have been very pleased with the standard of the build and delighted that our PUE is less than 1.15 during the summer. We have been left with a data centre that is fit for purpose and provides a secure foundation from which to deliver IT services to the HE and FE sector in the North East of Scotland.”

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EcoCooling is Europe’s leading manufacturer and distributor of evaporative coolers. Evaporative coolers provide cool fresh air by using the process of evaporation to cool the air as an alternative to using refrigeration. EcoCooling has...
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