ASHRAE's green tips for data centres

New ASHRAE guide focuses on reducing energy use in data centres.

Data centre power, cooling a big focus of energy savings.
Data centre power, cooling a big focus of energy savings.

A new guide from ASHRAE focuses on reducing energy consumption in data centres. More than 50% of the total energy consumption of data centres can be attributed to the power and cooling infrastructure that supports the IT equipment housed in them.

Green Tips for Data Centres identifies techniques for optimising energy efficiency in existing datacom facilities. Many of the techniques can be implemented through simple operational changes, upgrades or modifications that require a relatively low investment and that cause little disruption to the existing operations of the IT equipment.

“The book has particular relevance right now since there is a significant focus on energy efficiency in data centres,” said Don Beaty, co-founder of ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC) 9.9, Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment.

“While it is exciting to look at how we can design new data centres to be energy efficient, the fact is that there are many, many existing data centres in operation. The tips provide insight into practical techniques that have proven successful in other datacom facilities, and give owners and operators the confidence to implement similar techniques in their own facilities,” said Beaty.

These include: optimising supply air temperatures, installing monitoring equipment, improving lighting efficiency, optimising data storage and improving transformer efficiencies.

The book is part of the ASHRAE Datacom Series, developed to provide a more comprehensive treatment of datacom cooling and related subjects.

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