Creating a Sustainable Future
Data centres are the powerhouses of the Internet – connecting countries, commerce, corporations and individuals. As more of the world’s population comes online and embraces the digital age, datacentres – or more importantly the services that they facilitate and enable – will only increase in significance.
From its inception, the senior management team of Kao Data Campus was committed to designing, building and operating one of the most sustainable and energy efficient data centres in the UK. Not only did this include a number of “firsts” that were incorporated into the design of the facility, as well as committing the campus to 100% green energy with a zero price premium to customers, but also examined the entire supply chain throughout the development of the project.
Voluntarily registering to accredited industry associations during the build process that drove transparency and best practice in areas of assessing environmental impact, health and safety, as well as considering the local community were all undertaken and independently monitored throughout. Upon it’s completion the Kao Data London One facility achieved BREEAM “excellence” in construction, which assess the buildings’ energy efficiency as well as its’ environmental and sustainability competency.
The Kao Data London One facility was the first fully compliant wholesale data centre outside of North America to be classified as an ‘Open Compute Ready’ facility. The OCP foundation is a global community, whose mission is to design, use and enable mainstream delivery of some of the most efficient designs for scalable computing. Kao Data’s achievement in this area has now made the principles of this technology available for the first time within the UK.
The implementation of a non-mechanical cooling design that eliminated the need for any environmentally harmful refrigerant-based systems was a key objective. Removing refrigerant-based technologies reduces toxicity as well CO2 emissions and fluorinated gas emissions, both of which contribute to ozone depletion and global warming. The implementation of Indirect Evaporative Cooling (IEC) also underpins Kao Data’s commitment to creating a more “sustainably aware” industry, not only offering customers an ultra-low PUE of 1.2, but dramatically reducing energy costs and usage in the process. The WUE and CUE are complementary to the PUE performance, the incorporation of aluminum heat exchangers within the IEC units enables longer running times in “dry mode” without the need for water.
Schemes are also in hand to extend the awareness of data centres to students within the local community, offering them insight to the industry so as to encourage awareness and develop the necessary talent for the future.