Looking back to the 86% energy saving project in the Schuberg Philis & atom86 data center

Looking back  to the 86% energy saving project in the Schuberg Philis & atom86 data center

It has been a while again that we reduced the amount of electrical energy with 86% consumed by the cooling installations and you might be asking: why am I writing an article after all those years.

Between 2009 and 2012 we replaced our cooling installation and achieved an energy saving of 86% and in 2013 when we became a finalist at the Uptime Institute GEIT Awards.

Our cooling installation is still unique for two reasons: the cooling method ( cooling towers and Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage ) and because it is a retrofit. It’s much easier to build a new data center then optimize an older data center. We were convinced that things would change in the data center industry but it didn’t: not enough innovation, the industry is still doing a “copy paste” so I want to share our project and the optimizing afterwards.

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Using heat from a data center to remove ice from cooling towers

Using heat from a data center to remove ice from cooling towers

At Schuberg Philis and atom86, we make use of a combination of both cooling towers and Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) to cool our data center in a very efficient way.

During the winter, we create more cooling capacity with the cooling towers than is needed for the data center with these cold temperatures. This additional cooling capacity is pumped down into aquifers at a depth of approximately 175 meters beneath the ground.

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