Prof. Maidment (London South Bank University)
Cooling of data centres will be investigated specifically with integrated free cooling, evaporative cooling and energy stores, to deliver effective low cost cooling with minimum PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness).
To develop integrated solutions utilising free cooling and energy storage and avoid the need for mechanical cooling.
Carbon Impact potential
Currently data centres utilise 2% of total electricity consumption in the EU and this is expected to double by 2020. Cooling can use up to 50% of this and by developing integrated free and low energy solutions it is possible to massively reduce their carbon footprint.
Pathway to impact
By working with HP and 4D Data Centres, solutions can be trialled and implemented. The Green Grid will provide the dissemination route. Technologies developed here will be transferable across other work packages and delivery temperatures.