Can data centres become more energy efficient?
As part of the Peel Group established in 1971, Peel L&P is responsible for some of the most transformational development projects in the UK today. One such development is dock10, the UK’s leading media, television and post-production facilities. Peel L&P is working to become more energy efficient in its extensive dock10 data centre, with over 480,000 kWh of energy consumption already saved.
dock10 is at the leading edge of creating, managing and delivering high-quality video content. As one of the most connected media sites in Europe, digital storage is vital to the success of the company and supporting the variety of activities that happen on the dock10 site.
Key to the efficient operation of a data centre is the cooling process. It ensures that the data storage environment stays at a set temperature which is suitable for IT equipment to function at all times. A highly energy-intensive process, cooling in data centres is recognised globally as an area with great potential for improved energy management and energy reduction.
Following three years of trials, dock10 now finds itself at the leading edge of efficient data centre energy management. Computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units, which previously worked in isolation, were fitted with technology to allow them to recognise temperatures and talk to each other more effectively. Work was also undertaken to better understand the routes of airflow and address inefficiencies. The impact of this has been significant, with weekly energy usage dropping from over 12,500 kWh to approximately 3,000 kWh.
This story shows how Peel L&P supports Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, specifically Target 7.3: “By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.”
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