Sunday, October 22, 2017

Schneider Electric ups data centre game with latest blow on cooling costs

More white space and an overall reduction of 6% in capital expenditure led by a reduction of 60% in cooling costs is Schneider’s latest bet.

Global energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has upped its fight against data centre cooling costs and CAPEX overspend with the introduction of the Ecoflair Indirect Air Economizer cooling solution.

An Ecoflair 500kW module. A 250kW module is also available. Source: Schneider Electric

Ecoflair uses a proprietary polymer heat exchanger technology to provide a cost-effective approach to data centre cooling by addressing the persistent challenge of maintaining optimum operating temperatures in data centres while keeping energy consumption to a minimum.

Schneider Electric claims the new system can reduce cooling operating costs by over 60% compared to legacy cooling approaches.

As a consequence, the provider said Ecoflair can lead to a an overall reduction of CAPEX of up to 6% due to a smaller electrical infrastructure needed from a smaller electrical distribution and back-up power requirements.

This also allows part of the energy today wasted on legacy appliances to be used for powering IT equipment, improving facility Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

In addition, the design of Ecoflair allows the removal of cooling equipment from the data centre floor freeing up white space for other uses.

Ecoflair has been designed to fit at least 80% of all global data centre locations, covering most climates on Earth.

John Nieman, director of product management, cooling solutions at Schneider Electric, said: “Modularity together with a proprietary polymer heat exchanger are key to the success of Ecoflair.

“Its tublar design prevents fouling that commonly happens with plate style heat exchangers. This minimizes maintenance and impact to performance over the life of the heat exchanger.

“In addition, the polymer is corrosion-proof compared to other designs that use coated aluminium which corrodes when wet or exposed to the outdoor elements.

“The heat exchanger is also modular making it easily replaced, should it be required, minimizing downtime and inconvenience.”