Sep 28, 2020

DCs must prepare for humidity as temperatures fluctuate

Critical Environments
Sustainability
Harry Menear
2 min
New research from Aggreko warns that data centre operators must make dehumidification a priority as Europe’s climate becomes more erratic
New research from Aggreko warns that data centre operators must make dehumidification a priority as Europe’s climate becomes more erratic...

As the summer comes to a close, Aggreko has issued a warning to all data centre operators in Europe. The last few months have seen the region hit by extreme temperature changes, heatwaves and storms. 

According to Aggreko, these rapid fluctuations in environmental conditions can be a nightmare for data centre operators, as spikes in humidity can cause inefficiencies in cooling, and even equipment failure. In its new report, the company found that 40% data centre operators across Europe don’t believe existing infrastructure is able to cope with temperature demands.

“You don’t have to look for long until you find a news story about another data centre being built. However, it is important to note that any damage caused by substandard temperature and moisture control are managed with a matter of urgency, especially after seeing such extreme weather patterns across the continent,” commented Ryan Stanley, Aggreko’s Moisture Control Sales and Product Manager Northern Europe

Aggreko’s research also uncovered the fact that humidity spikes in data centres are typically being solved with heaters, which are an efficient solution. “While heaters may appear to work, they simply move the moisture around the room, rather than removing it from the atmosphere,” notes an Aggreko press release. 

In response to this trend, Aggreko is reportedly expanding its range of dehumidification solutions and specialist industry services, with its team providing humidity management as a service to data centre operators in the European market. Aggreko has also expanded its Moisture Control team with the new appointment of experienced moisture control specialist Mark Sketheway.

“I’m really excited about this role. Aggreko’s moisture control division is moving from strength to strength and getting on board at this stage in the journey is going to be really exciting. Aggreko has traditionally been associated with generators and temperature control, so I’m looking forward to raising the profile of its moisture control division,” Sketheway commented. 

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Jun 15, 2021

Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres

Portacool
Kuul
cooling
Sustainability
2 min
As green data centre design becomes mission critical, rigid evaporative media can be the key to reducing your PUE and increasing your sustainability. 

The data centre industry is at a crossroads. As demand for colocation, hyperscale cloud, and edge solutions continues to rise, operators and enterprises are also facing up to the reality that sustainable design and operating practice are a mission critical component of the modern data centre. Going green is no longer an optional extra.

Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical foundation that underpins the modern world, and the demand for them continues to grow exponentially each year. Data centres must remain in constant operation in order to provide the services for which customers depend on them. 

This mission critical need, combined with the sector-wide push towards reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint throughout the industry, is making the search for innovative evaporative media solutions that keep systems running at peak efficiency an equally mission critical priority.

The two main sources of energy consumption in a modern data centre are its IT equipment and the cooling infrastructure used to keep that equipment cool. A 2017 study found that energy consumption as the direct result of cooling data centre IT equipment can amount to over 40% of the total energy consumption in a facility. From air cooling to liquid and evaporative chillers, data centre operators, finding the right cooling solution for your facility is a top-of-mind goal for any data centre operator. 

Courtesy of Portacool
Courtesy of Portacool

Portacool: keeping it Kuul 

Based in Center, Texas, Portacool is a portable evaporative cooling solutions firm that has been pushing the boundaries of mission critical infrastructure cooling technology since it entered the market in 1990. 

Through constant embodiment of its five brand pillars - Safety & Liability, Total Cost of Ownership, Productivity & Performance, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, and Life & Comfort Enhancing Solutions - Portacool has grown steadily over the past 30 years, continually reinforcing its reputation for industry-leading cooling solutions. 

Portacool’s solutions have been successfully applied throughout the agricultural and horticultural, manufacturing, industrial, business, entertainment, sports, home, and hobby industries - “anywhere cooling is needed and traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive.” 

The company’s sub-brand, Kuul, is Portacool’s answer to the growing need for reliable, sustainable cooling solutions in the data centre sector. Portacool manufactures three series of evaporative media – Kuul Control, Kuul Vitality and Kuul Comfort. Kuul Control is used in data centres, power generation and HVAC systems. Kuul Vitality is utilised primarily in the horticulture, poultry and swine industries. Kuul Comfort is exclusively made for usage in Portacool-branded portable evaporative coolers.

Kuul can help data centre operators lower their PUE dramatically, increasing the environmental sustainability of their facilities significantly as a result of its rigid evaporative media solutions. 

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