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Green - Sustainable Design Project of the Year 2013


Article Type: Awards Winner          Published: 05-2013         Views: 1414   

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Winner: Green Mountain .

Green Mountain set out 3 years ago to design and build 'The Greenest Data Centre in the World' by combining the natural resources of the region in which it would be located and use of the latest technologies in Data Centre design. Three years later, with the facility newly completed, they believe they have achieved their aim.

Power is derived from numerous hydro electric power stations in the region and fed by 3 mains grid supplies. This ensures a zero carbon footprint, even when fully operational. In addition, the servers are cooled using water from the adjacent fjord, because the water temperature is 8 deg C year round at a depth of 80m. A simple syphon system brings this cold sea water to the surface, where it is pumped through a heat exchanger, so cooling is transferred to a closed loop of chilled water running around the facility cooling the racks. This is virtually 'free' cooling, simple in design, with few moving parts and totally duplicated for resilience.

These are some of the attributes that make Green Mountain 'The Greenest Data Centre in the World'!

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