In the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, testing on a new technique for liquid refrigerant has resulted in a positive outlook into future water use expectations. With this newly implemented system data centers north and west of Texas will be able to save millions of gallons of water that is normally lost in traditional practices.
Sandi Infrastructure computing services uses a closed liquid refrigerant cycle in close proximity of a water system to cool their systems. Water no longer directly evaporates into the atmosphere, but instead transfers its energy into the liquid refrigerant. This drastically reduces the water lost in cooling data systems.
The new use of oil during liquid refrigerant cooling through a study has shown that oil improves liquid refrigerant's cooling ability. A New Mexico Sandia computing center is planning to use liquid refrigerant to save 4 to 5 million gallons annually by implementing these systems.
Liquid refrigerant cooling systems will make data storage buildings more resource efficient
The environment where data facility is located determines how high temperature data systems are encouraged to run at. Building designers have decided to shape buildings to enhance the circulation of heat to improve operating temperatures.
Engineering project lead of Sandia Computing said that normal running temperature is closer to 45 degrees while with new restructuring of buildings will pave way to temperatures closer to 65 and 80 degrees. Having such a high temperature will allow liquid refrigerant to neglect the use of an expensive compressor. Thereby drastically improving implementation costs and reducing the resources needed for liquid refrigerant.
Normal people with no knowledge of liquid refrigerant have concerns regarding cost and environmental runoff
The reduction of the resources needed to maintain data will make businesses profit and expand their data storage even further. People who were interviewed regarding what ideas they had when it came to using liquid refrigerant in data storage understood the possible benefits of using such a system.
Although liquid refrigerant can be seen as a new and efficient way to cool data storage devices, the possible environmental impact might discourage potential investors. Excess refrigerant entering the environment has not been tested in the previously mentioned study, so by neglecting to address the side effects of using this technology future detriments in its implementation might occur when practicing with data storage centers.
Engineering project lead of Sandia Computing claims that liquid refrigerant will come to over half the centers in Texas
The extreme temperatures of Texas allow for easier implementation of liquid refrigerant across Texas. The lead of the engineering project of Sandia Computing claims that because of the extremely low temperatures any excess cooling can be done with in the night for any jobs that will require even more extensive work than the process ran during the day.
Already implemented systems will be able to contribute to the liquid refrigerant process indirectly. As process is viable in spring, fall and winter so data storage centers will be able to get the most out of their investment. While fans already found in their building and air vents can change the buildings air flow by avoiding spaces where the air cycling cannot occur and heat will not distribute properly.