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Brunel helped build the Ark

Published By: Ark Continuity
Ark Continuity
Published:  Oct 05, 2010
Length:  7 pages

The first phase of the initial data centre building, known as SQ17 (comprising 3,944m² of raised-floor Tier III accommodation), will be completed in November 2009. This facility, with high-efficiency power systems and freecooling chillers, will offer a design yearly average PUE1 of 1.45. However, it is the next stage of development that will prove to be one of the most energyefficient data facilities in the world - achieving a PUE of under 1.2 without introducing fresh air into the data rooms. At the heart of the design is the use of a vast underground space at a stable temperature of 9oC (a highly secure, cool, subterranean complex) and an aquifer augmented by groundwater recharge from the surface facilities.

Tagslow carbon, data centre, construction, dr ian bitterlin, high integrity