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Too much energy for cool computers
Half disappears into thin air
Data centres run 365 days a year. Their tightly packed server racks generate ever increasing computing power in an ever decreasing area – power that is almost entirely converted into heat. Climate control ensures reliable operation. It conveys heat outside right away. But then, the air conditioning in data centres devours a huge amount of electricity. In the worst cases, it uses more than half of the energy supplied to the data centre.
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Computers convert almost all the energy supplied to them into heat. The greater their performance, the more heat they emit. Only a small proportion is used for the actual work of computing. As computers in the cold aisle work reliably and best at temperatures from 18 °C to max. 27 °C, they have to be cooled. The more efficient this cooling, the less energy the data centre consumes.
Modern data centres are in operation year in year out for 8760 hours – 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Therefore, every saved kilowatt has a huge impact on savings. At a price of 13 eurocents per kilowatt-hour, every kilowatt that is cut equates to savings of 1,138 euros a year.
Air conditioning a data centre in Berlin with a surface area of 300 square metres and a thermal load of 1 kilowatt per square metre costs just 40,757 euros a year with a Free Cooling system, as opposed to 87,737 euros a year with compressor cooling only. This is equivalent to savings of 46,980 euros and 202,013 kg of CO2 per year*.
* Source: STULZ comparison of system costs, basis for calculation 13 ct/kWh, CO2-Emission factor: German electricity mix 2012
With this computing power, modern precision air-conditioning systems lower the energy consumption required for cooling computers by up to 40 %.