Nov 19, 2020

Aligned launches new energy-efficient cooling system

cooling
Critical Environments
Infrastructure
colocation
Joanna England
2 min
The new Delta3 system provides sustainable, adaptable, built-to-scale cooling solutions
The new Delta3 system provides sustainable, adaptable, built-to-scale cooling solutions...

Texas-based infrastructure technology company Aligned has launched a new data centre cooling solution.

Aligned’s new patented Delta3 cooling system can run using just 20% of the energy usually required to power a data centre cooling system. It also outperforms current generation technology with 25% additional cooling capacity.

The drive towards greater sustainability in the data industry has been fuelled by the heavy demands cooling systems place on energy consumption. Approximately 40 to 55% of the power needed to run a data centre, is allocated to cooling systems, which are required to maintain average temperatures around the heat-generating computer servers.

Aligned says the new cooling system uses 85% less water than standard coolers, to improve power usage effectiveness (PUE), reduce environmental impact and lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers. 

The Delta3 enables users to “Expand on Demand, incrementally scaling in place up to 50 kW per rack without stranding capacity, which also improves sustainability.”

Advocates of the technology say Aligned’s Delta3 cooling system delivers efficiency at any load and in any climate, regardless of location.

Recent sustainable projects carried out by Aligned include a $1bn senior secured credit facility that is the first US data centre sustainability-linked financing. The company is also committed to reducing its annual energy consumption to zero-carbon renewable energy by 2024.

Aligned’s CEO, Andrew Schaap, described the innovation as a breakthrough that would further support customers. He said, “Aligned has always been laser-focused on solving our customers’ capacity management challenges through continuous improvements and innovation in adaptive data centre design, including our efficient cooling and our advanced, standardised supply chain methodology that accelerates and streamlines delivery.”

Schapp added, “The technological improvements we’ve made on our patented Delta3 cooling system are game-changers, enabling even greater vertical densification and more efficient use of space and infrastructure to support our customers’ on-demand capacity growth.”

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May 10, 2021

DEWA, Huawei to build Dubai’s largest green data centre

MEA
construction
Sustainability
SolarPower
Harry Menear
2 min
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is partnering with Huawei to build a hyperscale data centre powered by 100% renewable energy in the city.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is partnering with Huawei to build a hyperscale data centre powered by 100% renewable energy in the city...

Moro Hub, a subsidiary of the digital arm of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), signed an agreement with Chinese tech giant Huawei over the weekend to build a new hyperscale data centre in the city. Taking advantage of an abundance of solar power available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the new facility will be 100% powered by renewable electricity generated by photovoltaic infrastructure located within the Emirates. 

With the potential to reach a capacity of 100 MW upon full buildout, the facility is set to become the largest solar-powered, Uptime Institute Tier III-certified green data centre in the Middle East and Africa. 

The project is part of the Dubai 10x initiative launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and will support the Emirate’s goal of developing into “a city of the future, putting it 10 years ahead of other global cities,” according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of the DEWA.  

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The signing event, attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Mr Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, and signed by Marwan Bin Haidar, Vice Chairman and Group CEO Digital DEWA and Mr Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE - Courtesy of DEWA

Al Tayer added that the project, “meets our ambition to deliver sustainable digital transformation and anticipate and shape the future,” and “supports the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the world's leading nation and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.” 

The facility will, according to Al Tayer, also support Dubai’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions by 16% before the end of the year, as well as its goal of meeting 75% of the city’s power demands with clean energy by 2050, and “significantly aids DEWA’s progress towards sustainable development.” 

Moro Hub already operates one green data centre in the Emirate, which came online in October of 2020. The facility was the first Tier-III green data centre to come online in the Middle East. 

Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, was also present at the signing ceremony held on Saturday. He commented that the new association between Huawei and the DEWA, “allows us to strengthen our partnership with Moro Hub and take part in fortifying the UAE's sustainable development goals.” 

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