The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado cut its overall data center power consumption by 70 percent utilizing Coolerado air conditioners last year, the air conditioning company has announced.
That equates to an absolute reduction of 491 MWh in the last 12 months. The NSIDC also reduced building-wide power consumption by 25 percent even though their data center encompasses only 1,600 of its 77,000-square-foot building.
Green House Data, a Coolerado customer located in Cheyenne, Wyo., has been able to achieve 40 percent more efficiency than traditional data centers while achieving 100 percent uptime while using Coolerado products, the company says.
Significant customer return on investment can be directly attributed to Coolerado’s indirect evaporative cooling technology, the company says. Instead of using chemical refrigerants and compressors to cool recycled interior air, Coolerado uses a new, patented process that runs fresh outside air through air filters and then a heat mass exchanger. The company says that this unique process delivers more comfortable, breathable air using one-tenth of the energy of typical air conditioners.
Some 98 percent of large corporations are planning to expand their data centers in 2013 or 2014, but just 14 percent of those named energy efficiency as the single most important factor influencing their expansion plan, according to research released earlier this month by Digital Realty Trust. Security was named as the most influential reason for data center expansion, with 23 percent of respondents naming it as the most important factor influencing their decision making. Despite being named as the most important factor by just 14 percent of those respondents planning expansion, energy efficiency was the factor named by the second most respondents, according to the North America Campos Survey Results.
However, data center energy costs and equipment efficiency are the top-of-mind issues for data center managers, according to a survey of data center users released in November by Emerson Network Power. When asked to identify their top three facility/network concerns, 48 percent of respondents cited energy efficiency, making it the leading response to the question for the first time since the survey began in 2005.