Equipment Cooling

  • A move in the right direction

    Olha Benesyuk is convinced that moving power intensive installations up to the cooler regions in the north is the best way forward for the European data centre sector. The Nordic region is leading the race to become the world’s prime location for data centres. Industry giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are leading by example, having already established facilities in the north.

  • Chiller uses climate friendly refrigerant with range of 300 to 1000 kW

    Stulz is extending its product portfolio to include new ze chillers in the CyberCool 2 series. These employ proven CyberCool 2 technology and have been optimised specifically for use with climate-friendly HFO-1234ze refrigerant.

     

  • Data centre keeps its cool

    Ambient cooling and plenty of low-carbon hydro power is making the Arctic a viable site for data centres. Alan Beresford explains how EcoCooling is taking advantage of the climate at the award winning Hydro66 data centre in Boden, Sweden

  • Data centre trends: What will matter to IT managers in 2018

    Digital transformation is in full swing, to the extent that at least half global value creation could be digitised by 2021, according to a forecast from market researchers. Faced with high electricity costs, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to modernise the IT landscape and make their data centre operations more efficient, writes special correspondent Clive Partridge.

     

  • Data centres keep their cool

    New this week from Stulz is the CyberHandler 2 series of air handling units (AHU), which can be used for air conditioning in data centres, hotels, commercial buildings and industrial sites. The redesigned AHU systems are available in eleven sizes from 30 kW to 520 kW. 

  • Electrical transformers get smart

    A monitoring and diagnostic tool can help operators keep tabs on their aging transformers and optimise their maintenance costs, ABB claims. The company's recently launched transformer intelligence product is a new generation of sensor and diagnostics technology designed to monitor and manage the electrical transformers that are essential to power transmission and distribution networks. 

  • Equipment testing at ABB Bromborough

    ABB has invested in a new test bay at its Bromborough site on the Wirral Peninsula to examine all power quality equipment manufactured there. Products under scrutiny will include power factor correction equipment and active filters that eliminate the troublesome harmonics found on electrical supply networks.

  • Free cooling survey for enclosure equipment

    Enclosure specialist Rittal is offering a free on-site inspection survey to users of its cooling technology to ensure that their production and process critical equipment is being adequately protected. 

  • Harnessing the power of nature to ensure an optimum IT energy balance

    Optimising costs in data centres is a constant, significant challenge for today’s IT managers, says Rittal’s Clive Partridge. Benefitting from the free cooling available from nature is clearly a wise option. Energy usage is one of those costs to be optimised, particularly the energy required to for the technology used to cool computer servers.  Some very high-tech equipment has been developed in recent years which has increased the efficiency of coolers.  However, it’s also worth noting that natural sources of cooling can also be considered, including cold water and cool ambient air.  So, if this is a route you’re considering, what questions what do you need to ask to get started? 

  • Infrastructure solution shows all in Birmingham

    Visitors to this year’s Drives and Controls show will be able to see Rittal’s infrastructure solution on the company’s stand D720 along with some product innovations at next week’s show at the NEC. 

  • Keeping cool in mission critical applications

    Stulz has launched its WPAmini chiller with integrated free cooling, which has been designed specifically for data centres with low cooling requirements and industrial chilling.

  • Micro data centre offers direct liquid-to-chip cooling for high density applications

    Stulz has just launched a micro data centre which can be configured with all the key design aspects of a bricks and mortar model, including critical power control and monitoring, fire suppression, physical security and precision cooling.  The company suggests that this micro data centre will especially suit low to high density applications.

  • Microsite resource designed to support data centre personnel

    Electronic test specialist, Fluke has developed a web microsite specifically targeting those running and maintaining data centre infrastructure. The site provides a range of downloadable information for data centre facility managers, contractor services managers, electrical engineers and UPS, HVAC, mechanical and electrical technicians. Easy contact can be made with a Fluke expert who will be able to advise on the best tool to solve a problem.

  • Monitoring in today’s data centre

    The international law firm depicted in this case study owns no data centres, despite the large amount of data it stores and retrieves. Like many other high-tech companies, it rents space for its servers in data centres owned by others, Paul Gay reports.

  • Plans to build the world's largest data centre made public

    The facility is planned for the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle. The firm behind the project, Kolos, says the chilled air and abundant hydropower available locally would help it keep its energy costs down. Kolos says it is 'changing the paradigm in data centre infrastructure, moving away from dense high-cost, fossil fuel-driven areas, to an area abundant in clean, renewable energy'.

  • Summer sun or Winter snow, these machine just want to go

    In summer, most us look forward to longer days, holidaying abroad and eating endless amounts of ice cream without feeling guilty. However, spare a thought for plant managers, who fill with dread when the temperature gage begins to increase. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation explains how plant managers can keep electrical enclosures running efficiently during the summer months.

  • The ins and outs of data centre cooling

    Saving energy and reducing carbon is a major issue in the data centre sector with increased focus on lowering power usage effectiveness (PUE). Parent magazine Electrical Review asked Alan Beresford, managing and technical director of EcoCooling to look at the techniques available to achieve these goals and the latest developments.

  • The tide is turning for liquid cooling

    Companies are increasingly moving their operations to the cloud, it’s clear that we are going to continue to need more, and bigger, data centres for the foreseeable future. In 2018, it is predicted that there will be a 21% annual increase in data centre construction. The Edge is offering many opportunities for medium and smaller scale data centres to be delivered to the buildings and locations in which they are most needed. The move will maximise speed, protect data sovereignty as well as manage critical applications that can’t be in the cloud. Small, or large, change is coming.