Posted By Rich Miller On December 14, 2010 @ 10:14 am In APC by Schneider Electric,Cooling | 2 Comments
As fresh air cooling (economization) gains traction as an energy efficiency strategy, cooling vendors are incorporating it into their products. A new cooling system from APC by Schneider Electric allows data center operators to easily switch between several modes of free cooling. The EcoBreeze system, which made its debut last month  in London, can automatically switch between air-to-air and indirect evaporative heat exchange. At the Gartner Data Center Conference, APC by Schneider’s Joe Capes provided a detailed overview of EcoBreeze and how it works. This video runs about 8 minutes.
The EcoBreeze is available in individual 50kw modules that can be grouped up to four modules (200kw) or eight modules (400kw) of sensible cooling. This modular, scalable approach enables customers to purchase only what they need to meet their current cooling requirements while giving them the ability to increase their cooling capacity at any time as their data center grows.
The EcoBreeze unit is desigend to live outside the data center and can automatically switch between two forms of economized cooling;
The EcoBreeze has a proportional R410a refrigerant system as well as an onboard water treatment system which eliminates the need for chemical water treatment. This feature addresses environmental concerns associated with some refrigerant or water based systems. Both of the economization cooling strategies employed by the EcoBreeze maximize localized climate conditions to ensure the most efficient and effective form of cooling throughout the year.
“The EcoBreeze not only provides multiple types of air economization, but its modular design allows the unit to adapt to the future cooling needs of the data center,” said Pat Johnson, vice president, Rack and Cooling Solutions, APC.
Here’s APC’s vision of a data center with EcoBreeze units installed:
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