The University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) has been awarded first place for its environmental policies in the ‘Green League’ of universities.

The University is the first in the UK to be awarded the ISO 14001 accreditation.

The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organisations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

Reflecting their strong environmental policy, the University sought the lowest carbon and environmental impact cooling solution for their new 30kW data centre. They also required the security of N+1 redundancy for their new data centre.

Two EcoCooling ECP EcoCooler units with associated flow and exhaust ductwork were installed. The cooling units were supported by CREC control systems.

Evaporative cooling techniques utilise fresh air cooling to provide compliant air, avoiding the use of refrigeration completely. The low energy air distribution system utilises efficient, variable speed extract fans. This system uses less than 10% of the energy of a comparable refrigeration based Computer Room Air Conditioner (CRAC).

The EcoCooling ECP EcoCooler system uses a patented attemperation system (mixing of hot and cold air to a fixed set point) to control the delivery air temperature. A damper allows mixing of the hot exhaust air with the external cool air to achieve compliant conditions. An EcoCooling CREC control system provides total control of temperature, pressure and links to fire and smoke systems.

As energy usage is so low, the carbon footprint is reduced, making the ECP EcoCooler and environmentally friendly and cost-effective cooling solution.

When compared to traditional CRAC systems, the potential savings are upwards of £13,000, while the organisation is able to reduce carbon emissions by and 88 tonnes per annum.