Solar Power Used For Cooling
The data center industry is no stranger to the thought of alternate power sources. The matter of PUE and energy costs are a huge topic of concern when considering a colocation or building a data center. Solar energy isn’t new either, according to Apple’s Environmental Responsibility Report for 2014 all of their data centers are operating at 100% renewable energy. Take a look at all of the green steps they’re taking towards their facilities here: Environmental Responsibility Report. However, with all things, innovation is on the horizon as a data center in South Africa has figured out how to utilize the power of the sun to cool their data center.The innovation has helped MTN become the first LEED silver certified data center in South Africa. LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is intended to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. Proposals to modify the LEED standards are offered and publicly reviewed by USGBC’s member organizations, which number almost 20,000
While they do use solar panels to power the facility they also use an innovative technology that uses the very heat of the sun to super heat and pressurize water. That water is fed into heat exchange systems and then an absorption chiller. Once the water is cool it’s fed through the floors under the cooling aisles. With the creation of jobs to create and maintain this system, the local economy is benefiting as well as the environment. There aren’t any formal quotes on price or efficiency, but the idea has more than a little bit of potential. Could solar power be the future of data center cooling? Data centers is the US alone consume almost 3% of the entirety of the nation’s power. IT consumes nearly 10% of the world’s entire power output, so one could say that this is an avenue worth investigating. How would sun cooling your data center help? How could it not!
Check out more about the South African data center here:http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/07/south-african-data-center-cooled-sun
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