Utah Data Center Uses Evaporative Cooling Along Way to 80% Energy Savings

by | Feb 26, 2010

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data center serversVoonami’s new data center uses a giant evaporative cooler, along with other technologies, to deliver energy savings of 80 percent compared to the typical data center.

The data center, in West Valley City, Utah, is being compared to Google’s most efficient data centers, reports the Salt Lake City Tribune.

This is Voonami’s second data center.

Ralph Yarro, CEO of Voonami, said the new one was built specifically to cater to the “high-end, green data center” market.

Because of the climate, the data center will be able to benefit from free-cooling, or use of outside air, to keep the data center humming along efficiently. Chilling towers on the outside of the building will handle the cooling load.

The cooling system, which was designed by Mechanical Service & Systems, pushes a constant rush of cool air into the facility through the floor, with air flow configured to be uniformly distributed to eliminate hot spots.

Plastic sheeting in the floor helps keep cool air from mixing with the air that has been warmed as it passes over the electronic equipment.

In other data center news, Emerson’s St. Louis data center has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, reports Data Center Knowledge.

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