With no predicted price cap on commercial energy tariffs, there is a renewed focus on significantly decreasing data centre PUE factors.

There are not many silver linings to the cloud of current spiralling energy bills. However, the quick ROI on the CapEx required to maintain the resilience of the installations of mission critical data centre equipment, could be deemed one!

Innovative technologies are now available which can decrease a data centre’s PUE factor significantly. However, as there is no predicted price cap on commercial tariffs going forward, the focus on energy-efficient data centres has taken on even greater importance.

Replacement of legacy equipment is a necessity as plant approaches its end of life. In the data centre environment, it’s essential that this process is undertaken with a well-planned and seamless approach in order to maintain active equipment up-time.

With this in mind, and with the advent of rising global temperatures, more and more of our clients are asking us to ensure that the new equipment is not only future-proofed but is able to cope with ambient temperatures greater than 45C.

Stuart Everitt, 2bm’s Data Centre Design and Build Manager, commented: “Here at 2BM, we pride ourselves on being a true vendor-neutral company, which means we can utilise the most up-to-date and innovative cooling technologies we have had experience in installing.”

“This allows us to fully explore the market for the correct design solution to meet individual project needs and constraints.”

Earlier this year, during the hottest day on record in the UK, 2bm undertook an Integrated Systems Test on a new Data Centre installation located on the 7th and 8th floors of a newly constructed London-based medical research facility.

With outside temperatures soaring to 41C, we accrued some extremely interesting test data! We’re delighted to report that our predicted outcomes were achieved, based upon our design parameters the installation did ‘what it said on the tin’! This included a full load, day one test at 125kW.

2bm’s design utilises a combination of adiabatic cooling plant and rear door heat exchangers. Even during the hottest period of the 24-hour test, the room temperature maintained the desired 26C and the cooling water flow temperatures remained steady at 23C. Providing an extremely successful and reassuring test result.