Paper Conference

Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Solutions for efficient and environmental friendly cooling of data centers

Andrea Rocchetti 1, Luca Socci 1, Giovanni Pierazzuoli 2
1 University of Florence, Department of Industrial Engineering, Italy
2 Seeley International Europe

Abstract: Nowadays, data processing and storage are fundamental assets. Data centres are wide spreading all over the world and their reliability is a very important issue. They are characterized by a considerable consumption of electricity, some of which is dedicated to the cooling system, that maintains the control of temperature and humidity in the space that hosts the Information and Technology equipment. In this work, an innovative and energy-saving cooling system is presented and analysed by numerical simulation. This configuration introduces a commercial Indirect Evaporative Cooling device, able to produce cold air using water instead of electricity. Performance of this innovative solution is compared with a traditional one. Simulation results, based on a case study located in Florence, show that an energy-saving between 20 % and 30 % can be reached. This configuration can be also a suitable solution to improve existing data centre cooling systems.
Keywords: energy nexus approach, low consumption cooling, data center.
Pages: 949 - 956