Datum installs high efficiency free cooling chillers

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High efficiency free cooling chillers to save water and reduce power consumption

The new chillers have replaced the firm’s previous adiabatic cooling system as part of a lifecycle replacement project. The firm predicts it will decrease water usage by up to 70% in a project which forms part of its sustainability strategy.

Progress on the company's sustainability strategy

Datum Datacentres, an enterprise grade colocation provider with facilities in the south east and north west, has installed a high efficiency free cooling chiller system at its Farnborough facility to reduce water and energy consumption as part of its sustainability strategy.

The new technology will utilise ‘through wall’ recirculating airflow topology, enabling flexible rack power densities for clients. High efficiency free cooling chillers with optimised controls will leverage free cooling capacity and dynamic set points. The chillers use EC (Electronically Commutated) fans, inverter-driven motors and electronic expansion valves to reduce power consumption and improve control at part loads.

This new system supports the required water management criterion of Datum’s sustainability plan, and the firm expects to see a 70% reduction in water usage.

The project was undertaken by critical environment specialists, Keysource – one of the world’s leading specialists in critical environments.

This project forms part of our investment into the long-term sustainability of our data centres and our ongoing commitment to support our clients and partners to achieve their ESG goals. We are expecting the new chillers to reduce site water usage by up to 70% whilst retaining high levels of efficiency

Dominic Phillips, Datum CEO

About Datum

Datum Datacentres provides enterprise grade colocation through its network of sustainable, carrier neutral data centres. A platform for digital transformation, the firm works with its ecosystem of partners to provide solutions that support long-term business growth whilst helping clients to achieve their ESG goals. Backed by UBS Asset Management, Datum acquired Manchester data centre provider, Teledata, in 2022. The Datum Group’s data centre portfolio consists of two built and operational data centres (FRN1 in Farnborough and MCR1 in Manchester) with two further facilities in the pipeline (FRN2 and MCR2). The firm’s secure and resilient facilities are trusted by an impressive and growing client list of organisations from the private and public sectors, serving vertical markets from finance and insurance through IT security services, defence, and engineering, and including companies from the FTSE 250 and Fortune 500.

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