EPA Data Centre – Sustainability Upgrades

We discovered a number of new M&E system applications that would enable the EPA data centre to drastically reduce its energy consumption.

Refrigerant Free Cooling System and Reduced Carboon Footprint
90% Reduction in Cooling Costs
Wexford, Ireland

Sustainability Upgrades

For the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) we acted as Mechanical and Electrical Consultants for the new extension to its existing building in Wexford, Ireland.

In doing so, we discovered a number of new M&E system applications that would enable the data centre to drastically reduce its energy consumption.

One such method involved recovering the heat from cooling the data centre and using it to supply preheated water for the building’s domestic hot water supply. This has significantly reduced its hot water production costs while still maintaining appropriate cooling levels within the data centre. As a result, the EPA has benefited from reduced costs on both heating water and air conditioning.

Data centres generate a tremendous amount of heat. This heat can be extracted and used to reduce energy costs in other areas of the building.

EPA Data Centre

As data centres are large consumers of power with constant cooling requirements, we explored every avenue for mitigating the impact of the EPA data centre on the environment.

Data Centres account for a quarter of IT-related carbon emissions and 1% of the world’s energy usage.

We designed an evaporative cooling system for the data centre. This has the potential to reduce cooling costs by up to 90% over a standard cooling regime, quickly returning substantial monetary and carbon savings.

Evaporative cooling systems are also refrigerant free and are 10% more efficient than conventional air conditioning.

Data Centres account for 1% of the world's energy use.
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