Wednesday 16th June - Data Centers

Webinars
Date: 16 June, 2021
Location: GoToWebinar

Danfoss Solutions for sustainable Data Centres

Danfoss is at the forefront of decarbonising solutions for the data centre industry and has a wide portfolio and expertise to reduce direct and indirect CO2 emissions with lower-GWP refrigerants and energy effective solutions. Because we believe decarbonisation of this sector starts on the cooling side we have developed the technologies, including chillers and heat pumps featuring Danfoss Turbocor compressor technology, that allow data centres to be cooled up to 30% more efficiently.

In addition, we have innovative solutions for recovering excess heat generated by data centres, and products that are optimised for operating conditions at higher temperatures, creating less need for cooling and thereby reducing the power required for this purpose.

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Is cooling the hot topic for data centres in the digital age?

Whether big or personal, data seems everywhere in the digital age. Applying Moore’s Law as rule of thumb, the total volume of data is doubling roughly every two years. As a result, demand for cloud-based solutions is expanding exponentially, placing extreme pressure on global capacity for data storage.

In a time of Climate Emergency, the energy consumption of power-hungry data centres and associated heat generation are key environmental impact factors.

In response, as well as tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple investing aggressively in renewable power generation, cooling is fast becoming the hot topic for data centres seeking to optimise energy efficiency and shrink carbon footprints.

This panel debate explores the technologies available, plus rate of innovation and scale of implementation required to help tackle both the data demand and the climate crisis in a way that is truly resilient — both operationally reliable and environmentally sustainable.

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Danfoss HQ carbon-neutral by 2022: how are we getting there?

In 2020, Danfoss announced its ambition to be carbon neutral in all global operations within ten years and to contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement by setting science-based targets. But already next year, Danfoss’ global headquarters in Nordborg, Denmark, will reach full CO2 neutrality.

The offices and factories of the main campus cover a vast area of more than 250,000 square meters and have, within recent years, undergone a massive change to improve energy efficiency, largely by applying Danfoss’ own green technologies. The remaining energy demand will be covered sourcing green electricity and using CO2 neutral district energy, heat pumps and excess heat from

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Danfoss TurboCor

Danfoss Turbocor® compressors use advanced technology to deliver high efficiency and low sound levels in a compact footprint. Industry leading performance is achieved by using oil free, magnetic bearings that provide world class efficiency and zero performance degradation over the life of the compressor. Permanent magnet motors and variable speed drives provide unmatched full and part load efficiency.

Join David Williamson as he explains the advantages Danfoss Turbocor can bring to your next Data Centre project.

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Heat Recovery from Data Centres

Research indicates that data centres experienced rapid growth in 2020, most likely fuelled by the pandemic: an increasing number of people have been working from home and with entertainment outlets closed during lockdowns, more leisure time has been spent watching TV and movie streaming services.

There are significant opportunities for this sector to reduce its impact on the environment through investment in renewable energy, for example, ensuring ideal thermal conditions around server installations, and optimising building services to keep energy consumption and CO2 emissions at a minimum. Data centres can also improve their sustainability by recycling heat generated by their servers to district heat networks

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Utilisation of waste heat using heat recovery units is one of the primary strategies used to achieve carbon neutrality in data centers. Recovery of waste heat from data centers into existing or new district energy networks makes a crucial contribution to the transition of energy systems. District energy systems are future-proof infrastructure, integrating a multitude of local sustainable energy sources, including excess heat and geothermal energy. These systems also balance the electricity grid via sector integration.

 

IT cooling consumes significant energy in heat management of servers, while generating a great deal of excess heat. This makes reduction of the climatic impact of digitalisation a high priority since data center growth is expected to accelerate.

To achieve net zero emissions, a smart combination of technologies is required, keeping circular economy, safety, and demand-side flexibility in mind.

Danfoss solutions help the full range of data centers reach high power usage effectiveness (PUE) and energy reuse factor, while supporting reliably high uptime. Data centers must operate continuously even in a fire situation. Danfoss offerings include solutions for cooling, fire safety, power distribution, energy storage, and heat recovery. 

Danfoss district energy solutions maximise the efficiency of data centers and help to transform them from energy consumers to sources of decarbonised and sustainable energy.

Danfoss offerings for district energy applications include the Optimisation software suite, heat recovery units, energy transfer stations, solutions for heat pumps, energy-efficient components, and a range of innovative heating solutions.

What does this mean for you?

  • A complete portfolio for district energy applications, delivered by highly experienced air conditioning and heating experts  
  • Innovative and highly energy efficient solutions for heat pumps connected to district heating 
  • Optimised system control and distribution 
  • Integrated components for correct hydronic balancing, high safety, and durability  
  • Smart energy metering equipment