Updated airside free cooling map by The Green Grid

Updated airside free cooling map by The Green Grid

See how many hours of free cooling data centers can expect each year using air-side economizers in three key regions: Europe, Japan and North America

Published 13th June, 2012 by The Green Grid

The Green Grid Cooling Map was first launched in 2009 as part of an effort to promote cost-free cooling from ambient air. The map has now been updated to take into account the new guidelines set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which recently released guidelines on recommended and allowable temperatures and humidity for data centers. The new map shows that even in sun-kissed regions such as the US Gulf Coast or Southern Europe, data centers can switch from air conditioning to using ambient air for two thirds of the time, The Green Grid Technology and Strategy Work Group Chai Mike Patterson says. “Data center operators using economizers can save an average of 20% of the money, energy and carbon for cooling compared to data centers without economizers,” Patterson says. “One of the aims of the new updated maps is to make every data center designer and operator aware of the free cooling resource on their doorsteps. “In a world increasingly conscious of the environmental and financial cost of IT, it has never been more important to use the environment itself to help cut the resource consumption of data centers.”