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

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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4 thoughts on “Utah Data Center Uses Evaporative Cooling Along Way to 80% Energy Savings

  1. Swap cooler circa 2010. This is fantastic. I have always been a huge fan of this simple cooling system. Why use chemicals and excessive electricity when a fan and water will create a similar reduction in heat? I hope this low tech solution catches on in data centers across the country.

  2. This may save electricity, but how does it compare in terms of water consumption? This location is in the desert! Sustainability comparisons should include both power and water.

  3. Hi Doc,

    Our company has actually worked with several data center users to help them understand this very question. Much of it depends on the efficiency of the system, however, there are other considerations as well that play into overall water use. If you have a data center where you are looking at applying evaporative cooling feel free to contact me and we can discuss this more.

    Thank you,

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