As the data-driven economy is growing faster than
ever and the demand for energy is being spurred, we are facing
unprecedented challenges of improving energy efficiency in data
centers. Effectively maximizing energy efficiency or minimising the
cooling energy demand is becoming pervasive for data centers. This
paper investigates overall energy consumption and the energy
efficiency of cooling system for a data center in Finland as a case
study. The power, cooling and energy consumption characteristics
and operation condition of facilities are examined and analysed.
Potential energy and cooling saving opportunities are identified and
further suggestions for improving the performance of cooling system
are put forward. Results are presented as a comprehensive evaluation
of both the energy performance and good practices of energy
efficient cooling operations for the data center. Utilization of an
energy recovery concept for cooling system is proposed. The
conclusion we can draw is that even though the analysed data center
demonstrated relatively high energy efficiency, based on its power
usage effectiveness value, there is still a significant potential for
energy saving from its cooling systems.
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