As the demand for new energy sources rises, the ability for data centers to adjust to new models of power could greatly impact a variety of industries. Whether it's technology, information storage, telecommunications or security, data centers play pivotal roles in the operations of businesses and governments.
The largest challenge data centers face, however, is that of energy costs. Due to the nature of the energy needed to power massive quantities of computers, costs can increase dramatically if there are inefficiencies present. Further, because these machines operate at such high intensities, heavy-duty HVAC equipment is needed to properly regulate temperature levels so that computers don't overheat or become subject to electrical failures, fires or unnecessary drains of energy.
That's why building managers in data centers are increasingly looking for ways to reduce energy costs. One of those is through investment in renewable energies.
A new survey from data center contractor Mortenson found that 84 percent of data center owners realize the necessity to find new energy sources. By doing so, businesses can be run more effectively and costs can be controlled in a more financially minded manner.
Nearly one-fifth of respondents indicated energy efficiency is the No. 1 thing they would change about their data centers. Another 15 percent reported better HVAC systems was their primary focus.
The survey outlined just how crucial efficiency is to data centers and how they can improve in the future. And with population expansion and the rapid acceleration of new technologies, energy demand will be of greater concern.
"Worldwide data usage continues to grow, which requires more infrastructure and power to support it, so it's vital that we leverage innovation to help balance energy demand and supply," said Director of Operations for Mortenson's Mission Critical Group Scott Ganske. "With costs dropping and operating efficiency rising, we believe renewables are rightly attracting interest from data center operators."
Improving energy standards
Data centers are responsible for a large amount of energy consumption – something that is likely to grow in the future. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, data centers collectively spent $13 billion on energy costs in 2013. In addition, the level of electricity used by data centers is projected to surpass 140 billion kilowatt-hours in the next five years.
Coal, which is then converted to electricity for data centers, also emits carbon into the atmosphere, thus placing an ever larger emphasis on just how timely it is for data centers to find energy alternatives.
Perhaps the best way to reduce environmental impact while also updating to new energy-efficient materials is to retrofit data centers with new HVAC equipment. However, replacing entire systems can cost millions and can slow down business operations for a period of time. Rather, business owners are turning toward high-quality coils as a means to revitalize poor-performing HVAC units.
Installing new coils can remove failing parts, while implementing new control measures. Whether it's water coils, evaporator coils or other, Rahn Industries can revitalize HVAC systems with custom coils.
Additionally, by refurbishing older HVAC coils, air quality and efficiency can greatly improve. Through the use of coil coating services, coils are covered in a protective layer of resistant polyurethane, which can deter the spread of corrosion and prevent the buildup of harmful contaminants, like bacteria and mold.
Rahn's services can be tailored to each company's specifications, which makes it easier for building managers to convert to new energy-efficient standards while promoting sustainability.
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