Vertiv and Green Mountain Raise the Bar for Data Centre Sustainability
• May 04, 2021
One of the world’s most efficient data centers just got greener, with Vertiv’s industry-leading power and thermal management technologies
Mexico, DF [May 4, 2021] – Vertiv (NYSE: VRT), a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, and Norwegian colocation provider Green Mountain have deployed cutting-edge technologies to further increase efficiency and sustainability at what was already among the greenest data centers in the world.
Based in a former NATO facility carved deep in a mountain, the DC1-Stavanger data center runs on 100% renewable hydropower and is cooled with water from the fjord, which provides a continuous temperature of 8° C all year round. The unique location offers a great advantage in leveraging renewable energy sources and minimising cooling equipment for close-to-zero CO2 operations. However, like all data centers it requires uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and thermal management systems to maintain optimal uptime.
“Sustainability affects everything we do, and sustainability is very important whenever we build new colocation centers and have new features in it,” said Alexander de Flon Rønning, Green Mountain’s design and product manager. “All customers can see where we get our energy from. It’s a key differentiator for us.”
After extensive research, Green Mountain executives visited the Vertiv Customer Experience Centers in Italy to see Vertiv technologies in action and test performances in peak conditions. As a result, Green Mountain chose high efficiency Vertiv™ Liebert® PCW chilled water perimeter units, for a total installed cooling capacity of 5 MW.
Anderson Quirino, Sales Director Latam at VERTIV, emphasized that “thanks to its well-established design, this unit minimizes running costs for the entire cooling system. All components and control strategies are enhanced to provide an extremely efficient solution for infrastructures facing the challenges of modern IT applications.”
Liebert PCW provides high efficiency standards thanks to a combination of latest technologies and an internal design which optimises the aerodynamics of all internal components. Vertiv was also chosen as supplier of UPS systems for another project deployed in parallel, providing several Liebert® EXLS1 UPS systems, supported with lithium-ion battery backup, a longer-life alternative to traditional VRLA battery systems.
“For Green Mountain, the sustainability of the products and of the suppliers is a key factor when purchasing new equipment. Vertiv technologies are the most energy efficient I have seen, and this will further improve our overall sustainability which already has an extremely high rating,” commented de Flon Rønning. Moreover, Vertiv’s systems are extremely compact. “Given that our data center is carved in a mountain, we don’t have any extra rooms,” said de Flon Rønning. “We couldn’t blast through more of the mountain to make more space for data center equipment.”
“Managing the project during Covid-19 was difficult,” added de Flon Rønning. “We were concerned that all factories and deliveries would shut down. Fortunately, Vertiv stepped up and helped, among other things, by tracking the shipments and making sure the equipment was delivered smoothly despite closed borders and logistical challenges. If Vertiv hadn’t helped with the shipments, we could not have completed the project in time.”
“As we build other projects, we’ll look at Vertiv data center technology,” de Flon Rønning noted. “When we select a partner, we do so from a strategic perspective for a long-term relationship.”
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) , , , data centers play a pivotal role being at the epicenter of technology innovation, energy efficiency, renewables, and the data economy enabled by digitalisation. Data center operators like Green Mountain can be taken as a role model to accelerate the sustainable energy transition and pave a path that other power-hungry industries could follow.
To learn more on how Vertiv can help increase data center efficiency, visit Vertiv.com/SWC.
Vertiv (NYSE: VRT) brings together hardware, software, analytics and ongoing services to ensure its customers’ vital applications run continuously, perform optimally and grow with their business needs. Vertiv solves the most important challenges facing today’s data centers, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities with a portfolio of power, cooling and IT infrastructure solutions and services that extends from the cloud to the edge of the network. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Vertiv employs approximately 20,000 people and does business in more than 130 countries. For more information, and for the latest news and content from Vertiv, visit Vertiv.com.
About Green Mountain
Green Mountain is one of the largest data center operators in the Nordics. It designs, builds and operates highly secure, innovative, and sustainable colocation data centers in Norway. The data centers operate on 100% low-cost renewable power and the use of free cooling creates high power efficiency.
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