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Schneider Electric cools down hyperscale data centers with new offering

27 Oct 2017

Schneider Electric has released a new cooling solution for large and hyperscale data centers.

The energy management company claims it’s latest cooling solution, the Ecoflair Indirect Air Economizer, reduces cooling operating costs by 60% when compared with legacy chilled water or refrigerant technologies.

How thw Ecoflair does it is by moving cooling from the data center floor to the facility exterior, freeing up white space for IT equipment.

Available in 250kW and 500kW modules, Ecoflair's flexible design features:

  • Customization options based on cooling requirements and environmental/climatic conditions
  • Modular construction simplifies deployment and installation, increased serviceability and lowered maintenance costs.
  • Tubular design prevents fouling caused by cooling water residue buildup common with plate-style heat exchangers, minimizing maintenance and impact to performance.
  • Full polymer construction eliminates the risk of corrosion when wet or exposed to the elements

According to Schneider Electric, Ecoflair can also achieve efficiency gains of 15 to 20% when compared with other indirect air economizer systems, and provides the following energy-saving benefits:

  • Less energy required for cooling means data center operators can increase IT load with the same electrical infrastructure. Studies conducted by Schneider Electric have shown as much as 30% more IT can be supported with the same electrical backbone when compared to typical cooling topologies like chilled water or direct expansion (DX).
  • Alternately, reduction in overall CapEx due to a smaller electrical infrastructure requirement. Schneider Electric estimates the CapEx savings can be as much as 6 percent when downsizing the electrical backbone due to the lower total power demand resulting from using Ecoflair.

With an expansive global presence spanning over 100 countries, Schneider Electric specializes in the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, data centers, and infrastructure.

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