Ecoflair Indirect Air Economizer
What the Judges Said…
“With the increasing development of data centers worldwide, and the concurrent energy and water demand, this is a product that can help stem the related environmental impacts.”
Schneider Electric’s Ecoflair Indirect Air Economizer is a data center cooling solution that moves cooling from the data center floor to the facility exterior. Designed for rooftop or on-grade deployments, Ecoflair is available in 250-kW and 500-kW modules.
Through evaporative cooling, Ecoflair significantly reduces the power consumed by the cooling system compared to alternate approaches, according to the company. The flexible design offers greater customization based on cooling requirements and environmental or climatic conditions, modular construction for simplified deployment and installation along with increased serviceability and lowered maintenance costs, Schneider Electric says.
Ecoflair can be deployed regardless of most environmental or climactic conditions pertaining to the data center’s location. Indirect air economization technology is typically suitable for at least 80% of all global locations.
As new types of computing emerge in data centers, updated cooling techniques are required to manage high compute power. Ecoflair expands the geographies in which air economizer modes of cooling can be used, acting as a barrier between indoor and outdoor environments, so data centers are not susceptible to humidity levels outside. This means the economizer can run more hours to get the benefit of higher efficiency, the company says.
The evaporative core has a self-cleaning, tubular design that prevents the fouling that commonly happens with plate-style heat exchangers. The heat exchanger is field repairable to facilitate service. Customers can also use available heat recovery coils to capture waste heat and re-use the energy for other processes in their facility. Schneider Electric says that Ecoflair’s adaptability helps data center owners standardize the cooling architecture of their facilities worldwide, providing repeatable designs that speed deployment.
Ecoflair can reduce cooling operating costs by up to 60% compared to legacy chilled water or refrigerant technologies, and can achieve efficiency gains of 15 to 20% when compared to other indirect air economizer systems. With Ecoflair, less energy is required for cooling, allowing operators to increase IT load with the same electrical infrastructure, the company points out. Ecoflair’s indirect air-to-air economization and integrated evaporative free cooling allow for high-energy efficiency at any condition, reducing carbon footprints and improving sustainability.
Compared to competing solutions, Ecoflair requires less energy for data center cooling, resulting in increased IT loads with the same electrical infrastructure. Up to 30% more IT can be supported when compared to typical cooling topologies. Alternately, Ecoflair can increase cap-ex savings as much as 6% due to the reduced power infrastructure required by the lower power demand resulting from deploying the solution. In addition, Ecoflair recirculates evaporative cooling water to minimize consumption. Intelligent controls have a water saver mode to further limit usage.