According to Gartner, energy consumption in individual data centres is increasing by 8% to 12% per year. Driven by users installing more equipment and customer bases growing, data centres have increasing power requirements in order to power servers, storage, networking equipment, air-conditioning systems, power distribution units and uninterruptible power supply systems.
These power increases simply can’t continue indefinitely, so what is TeleData doing to reduce energy consumption at its Manchester data centres?
Well apart from the obvious of making sure lights and office air con units are turned off when we leave the room (we have 70,000 sq foot of space, so that in itself makes quite a difference), we have invested £1.5 Million in a new energy enhancing 2MW battery storage system.
This solution enables us to store electricity from the national grid at times of low demand and discharge it during the most beneficial periods, acting as a reserve during peak tariff times. The system also offers integrated variable voltage optimisation to deliver a stabilised voltage, thus boosting the resilience of the facility by improving the shelf life of equipment, while reducing unnecessary energy waste and optimising the incoming power supply.
We are the only colocation provider in the UK to have implemented these technologies.
The system allows us to save a huge amount of energy and carbon emissions, whilst also avoiding consuming energy at peak times (drawing power from the 2MW battery bank rather than the mains) and triad periods (the three half-hour settlement periods of the highest demand on the GB electricity transmission system between November and February).
Our approach to energy efficiency is unrivalled, with power metered at every board and office in the building to intelligently reduce carbon emissions in all areas, including;
- Cooling consumption; where we have implemented highly intelligent control systems
- Cold aisle containment
- Under-floor cold air channelling to minimise wastage
- Variable fans within condenser units
- Free air cooling systems
- Office space air conditioning controls to minimise wastage out of hours
- Highly efficient cooling pumps
- Cold aisle blanking throughout the facility
...as well as a number of other measures including the controlled raising of temperatures in the cold and warm aisles, as per ASHRAE guidelines and environmental best practice.
We have, and will continue to, invest in the most efficient solutions at all times, regardless of increased upfront costs meaning that our customers can state that they host with one of the most energy efficiency conscious providers in the UK.