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Carbon Trust launches data centre cooling design service

The Carbon Trust (CT) has launched a data centre design service, which it claims can reduce energy costs by up to 70 per cent

Hugh Jones, solutions director at the Carbon Trust, said: “Along with the ever increasing demand for storage comes an ever increasing demand for energy to power and cool UK data centres. Low carbon design in new build and refurbishment projects has the potential to unlock hundreds of millions of pounds in energy bills each year.

“Now that the design service has been successfully road tested in what is expected to be one of the largest data centres in the world, we are very keen to offer our experience to other developers.”

That project is the multi-billion pound Lockerbie Data Centre in Scotland, which will accommodate 50,000 server racks, with a peak power of 300 megawatts.

However, the CT designed data centre is said to emit 200,000 tonnes less of CO2 than a conventional centre of the same size.

It incorporates advice from the CT on maximising the natural flow of air to keep components cool, as well as using local renewable energy sources and reusing the heat generated.

David King, Lockerbie data centre project director, said: “When complete, each of the data centre’s forty modules will use around half as much energy as a conventional data centre of the same size.”

For further details on the Carbon Trust’s data centre cooling advice CLICK HERE

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