NGD becomes first operator in the world to achieve perfect PUE
Wed 19 Nov 2014
Next Generation Data (NGD) has this week become the first data centre operator to offer its customers a power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.0 – meeting Green Grid’s highest energy efficiency standard.
Many industry experts claim that the rating is almost impossible to achieve – a reputation which will help boost the company’s position among eco-conscious clients, according to NGD.
NGD has obtained its perfect PUE ratio at its 750,000 square foot facility in Newport, South Wales, which will be available to customers from the first quarter of 2015. The rating will be achieved through the installation of the latest solar power and free cooling technologies, as well as a total renewably sourced mains supply.
The solar capabilities will be powered by a 4,000 photovoltaic megawatt array installation which generates 1mn Kwh of free renewable electricity every year – the equivalent usage of 240 homes. The solar power generated will completely balance out all of the energy consumed by the facility, delivering zero cooling costs and enabling carbon emissions savings of 505,718 Kgs per year.
The data centre operator is also planning to use the latest Stultz GE cooling system technology. This technology is able to identify optimum modes for operation, analysing ambient conditions and data hall requirements, and therefore allowing free cooling mode to be deployed for the majority of the year. The system would also determine when supplementary cooling is needed to react to elevated external ambient conditions.
“We are committed to building sustainable data centres for our customers’ mission critical IT services and therefore delighted to be the world’s first data centre operator to offer the ultimate choice in energy efficient data halls,” said Nick Razey, CEO of NGD.
“We will ensure the highest level of resilience and stability is maintained thanks to our abundant 100% renewable energy direct-from-grid mains power supply and deployment of real-time energy management systems,” said Razey.