Ultra-Efficient Data Center Achieves Firsts

05/31/2013 |

This high-performance facility's annualized PUE reaches a new low

Ranked first in the world for energy efficiency, NREL’s new high-performance data center will save roughly $800,000 over a conventional data center of similar size.
Photo Credit: DENNIS SCHROEDER

NREL’s new high-performance computing data center isn’t just the first of its kind dedicated to advancing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy systems integration.

It’s also ranked first in the world for energy efficiency, the first of its scale to use warm-water liquid cooling, and the first to reach an annualized average power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.06 or better, compared to the average rating of 1.83, according to a 2011 study by the Uptime Institute.

NREL estimates potential savings of $800,000 in operating expenses, plus another $200,000 in savings from capturing waste heat instead of using mechanical heating.

How can you obtain similar savings? NREL’s strategies include:

  • Eliminating losses by using 480V electricity supplied directly to the racks instead of typical 208V electricity
  • A component-level liquid cooling system lowers the need for fans in the backs of racks
  • Redirecting data center waste heat to warm up offices and labs and melt snow and ice under the building’s front plaza and walkway
  • Using cooling towers instead of compressor-based cooling (possible thanks to the center’s 75 degrees F. starting temperature, higher than most data centers).

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Surpass State Energy Requirements with Dual-Cooling Data Center CRAC Technology

See how professionals like you are taking advantage of the highest performing precision cooling system for their computer rooms and data centers, and why Data Aire is fast-becoming the number one choice for facility managers and building owners looking to decrease their energy consumption. 

Data Aire understands how digital technology and data gravity is rapidly impacting and transforming businesses. That’s why they developed ultra-efficient cooling technology to support the most modern (and not-so-modern) data centers.  Learn how One Wilshire in Los Angeles, one of the most advanced carrier hotels today, is surpassing California's strict energy efficiency requirements with Data Aire’s purpose-built system, which provide full-economization for 260 days – almost 72% of the year. That’s a measurable savings! Furthermore, the projected PUE on an annual basis for a full load is at or below 1.2.


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