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.

  • 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 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? 

  • 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.