(The Hosting News) — Consonus recently announced the completion of a new, energy-efficient evaporative cooling tower at the company’s West Data Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The project, prompted by growth in power demand at the facility, was a strategic choice — a conscious decision to invest in new, environmental-friendly technology that supports Consonus’ green initiatives.
“It came down to this — upgrade with more of the same technology or research and invest in new, energy-efficient technology that not only benefits our customer, but the environment as well,” explains Consonus Chief Information Officer Brent Wall.
The elimination of inefficient dry coolers and the humidification process greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the data center. Consonus has seen an immediate and significant reduction in electrical usage. Additionally, the implementation of this new technology furthers plans to achieve an energy performance rating that puts the Consonus West Data Center in the top 25% among data center peers.
“The cooling tower is part of an overall energy efficiency initiative underway at all of our data centers,” said Regional Data Center Manager Jason Sampson. “We’re excited to have this project completed and are already seeing the benefits of it.”
Completed in only five months and with an investment of over half a million dollars, the addition of the cooling tower illustrates Consonus’ commitment to maintain world-class data centers by reinvesting in the business. “This investment strengthens our operational resiliency, reduces cost and is good for the environment.” says Wall. “There is a clear and compelling business case for going green.”
The cooling tower works by recycling water in the data center air handling units used to absorb the heat created by IT equipment. When the warmed water returns to the top of the tower, the evaporation process naturally draws the heat out of the water, returning the temperature to an appropriate, cooler level.