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Article Date: 20th January 2014

Airedale International behind £2.25m Data Centre for the University of Portsmouth

Air Conditioning - IT Cooling - Climate Control - Ventilation Systems

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Leading British manufacturer of precision air conditioning, IT cooling and chiller solutions, Airedale International, is the cooling specialist behind a new £2.25m high density, energy efficient data centre at the University of Portsmouth, UK, which opened at the end of 2013.

Working in partnership with Sudlows, Airedale was selected for its ability to offer a complete solution that allows the university full control of its data centre cooling plant and which is set to bring significant energy savings with a projected PUE level of 1.14 (load dependent).

According to James Holland, Network & Security Services Manager (Information Services) at the University of Portsmouth, one of the top 400 universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University rankings: “The new data centre is built around cutting-edge design with Airedale’s systems very much at its core. This is an excellent facility that the University can rely upon to deliver world class academic support and research development”.

Airedale’s ACIS™ web-based control interface delivers intelligent, graphical remote management of the data centre and interfaces with multiple protocols to monitor all elements of the site. This includes 2 x 500kW Airedale DeltaChill™ FreeCool chillers, 2 x 34kW SmartCool™ chilled waterprecision air conditioning units and35 x high density OnRak™ rear door IT cooling units (up to 25kW load per rack) in addition to external generator, building fresh air supply, battery and build room air conditioning units; UPS room equipment; and water leak detection and fire suppression systems.

ACIS™ also integrates with the University’s legacy Building Management System (BMS) allowing full visibility of data centre alarms from the main site.

The Airedale solution provides indirect free cooling to the data centre, with direct fresh air free cooling the UPS room, delivering freecooling up to 95% of the year depending on ambient temperature. When free cooling is available, chilled water set points are maximised up to 20°C to prolong free cooling.

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