NGD’s PUE 1.0 breakthrough will be available to customers at its NGD Europe mega data centre in South Wales from the first quarter of 2015 and will be achieved by harnessing the latest solar power and free cooling technologies combined with a 100 per cent renewably sourced mains supply. The solar power generated will offset all essential facilities energy consumed when operating customer IT racks and storage equipment to deliver zero cooling costs and enable carbon emissions savings of 505,718kg per year.
NGD’s planned solar capability will make its 750,000ft2 NGD Europe facility one of the largest data centre rooftop solar deployments in the world. Following the final go ahead from NGD’s Welsh government landlord the 4,000 photovoltaic (PV) solar panel ‘megawatt array’ installation will be capable of generating one million kilowatt hours (kWh) of free ‘green’ electricity per year – the equivalent usage of up to 240 homes.
NGD is also deploying the latest Stultz GE cooling system technology which intelligently determines the best mode of operation according to ambient conditions and data hall requirements. It allows the system to operate in free cooling mode for the majority of the year, only providing supplementary cooling in times of elevated external ambient conditions.
‘We are committed to building sustainable data centres for our customers’ mission critical IT services and therefore delighted to be the world’s first data centre operator to offer the ultimate choice in energy efficient data halls,’ said Nick Razey, CEO, NGD. ‘We will ensure the highest level of resilience and stability is maintained thanks to our abundant 100 per cent renewable energy direct-from-grid mains power supply and deployment of real time energy management systems.’