Improvisation in Commissioning

A look at a test of the cooling system at Alinma Bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Load banks were not available, so heaters were used to simulate IT load (Credit: The Uptime Institute).

Alinma Bank recently earned a Tier Three certification for a data center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, becoming the first organization from the Middle East and North Africa to earn that distinction. The  new facility was the subject of a post at the new Uptime Instittue blog penned by Matt Stansberry, who has moved from SearchDataCenter to a new post as director of publications at Uptime.

The process involved some improvisation. Testing and commissioning usually involves the use of load banks, devices which simulate an electrical load for an extended period of time. The consultant working with Alinma said that a lack of readily available load banks in Saudi Arabia led to the improvised use of heaters to simulate IT load for commissioning and testing, as seen in the photo above.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. I have seen heat guns used as well to simulate load, and a big *ss heatting coil inside a metal box too... I love creativity.