Jan 28, 2021

EYP and i3 collaborate on road to net zero

Data Centres
Renewable Energy
Harry Menear
2 min
EYP Mission Critical Facilities and i3 Solutions are teaming up to release a new roadmap for data centre operators to hit net zero emissions by 2030
EYP Mission Critical Facilities and i3 Solutions are teaming up to release a new roadmap for data centre operators to hit net zero emissions by 2030...

The recent announcement of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact by 25 leading data centre and cloud operators and 17 associations looks like it’s poised to usher in an era of sweeping sustainability reform throughout the industry.

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement, engineering consultancy EYP Mission Critical Facilities and i3 Solutions have launched a collaborative project aimed at creating a roadmap for data centre operators looking to draw down their greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach net carbon zero by 2030. 

“As a major consumer of electricity and therefore a contributor to global emissions, the data centre sector faces the prospect of regulation to reduce its impact on the planet,” said Rick Einhorn, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner at EYP. “I’m pleased to announce this initiative by EYP and i3 Solutions Group which brings together a respected team of data centre MEP design engineers and operational consultants to offer thought leadership in data centre emissions and carbon reduction, efficiency and sustainability.”

The new partnership will turn its expert teams towards the goals of creating a practical roadmap towards greenhouse gas reduction and the establishment of climate neutral data centres by 2030. 

The roadmap will reportedly focus on increasing the efficiency of new and existing facilities, as well as shifting focus towards natural gas and hydrogen power sources, as well as pushing for lower emissions trading opportunities for large data centres; the ongoing purchase of carbon credits that allow companies to report lower emissions in exchange for investment in green energy initiatives has been widely criticised in recent years, as operators claiming to be “carbon neutral” are just pushing the problem down the road with a small slice of their profits. 

Ed Ansett, Founder and Chairman of i3 Solutions Group said in a company press release that, “While the future of data centre sustainability undoubtedly has a 100% renewable face, we are a long way from that end point. However, there are opportunities for large data centre operators in hyperscale, wholesale, colocation and other sectors to engage in greenhouse gas abatement. This requires a paradigm shift, but the good news is, we can evolve from a greenhouse gas intensive, inefficient infrastructure to a reduced or even net-zero greenhouse gas asset with new revenue generating opportunities. For that to happen requires the inspiration of specialist data centre design and strategy.”

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Jun 15, 2021

Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres

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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