Our energy consultants have years of experience designing and implementing energy management solutions within data centre and server room environments. As well as a unique set of energy efficiency related services, Server Room Environments supplies a range of energy management products to help IT organisations manage their energy usage.
The electricity bill for a server room or data centre facility is a combination of the total energy consumed by the facility and the cost per kWh of electricity charged for by the local electricity utility. Total energy consumption measurement forms part of the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric developed by The Green Grid for energy efficiency measurement in a server room or data centre. The complete ratio compares the total facility energy to the IT equipment energy usage and the nearer the ratio is to 1, the more energy efficient the facility.
Accurate measurement is dependent upon being able to measure power and energy consumption within the critical power path and infrastructure of the building. The data required may be gathered through a data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) package, with intelligent power distribution units (PDUs) and electricity, power and energy meters on distribution circuits within the building.
Energy efficiency can be improved as part of a refurbishment project by upgrading older systems to more energy efficient ones. Within a data centre or server room the most common its to upgrade in addition to the servers themselves including uninterruptible power supplies and cooling systems. Swapping out a mono-block transformer-based UPS system for a transformer-less modular UPS one can improve energy efficiency from less than 80% to more than 96%. Improving energy efficiency also reduces cooling load and therefore the workload of cooling solutions and air conditioners supplying cool air to the server room or data centre.
Whilst improving energy efficiency will lower the total kWh consumption of a data centre or server room, it is also important to review the cost per kWh charged and the provider of the electricity. Our energy consultants can help to identify more cost-effective utility providers and assist with the switching process. Server Room Environments can also advise on renewable power generation and energy storage systems suitable for your site.
The complete range of energy management services available from Server Room Environments includes:
When we approach a new energy-related project our consultants follow a 6-stage plan.
For more information on our energy management solutions and related products, please contact our projects team.