Data meets nature: One of the greenest data centers

Green Mountain is consuming data at an unprecedented pace: 3 billion Facebook videos viewed daily; 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every hour.

In today’s data-driven world, the uptime of colocation data centers – vast banks of servers that process everything from online videos to financial assets – is essential.

Delivering secure and reliable data center services can come at an environmental cost though: energy use in data centers today contributes to 2% of global CO2 emissions.

They want one colocation facility, built in a former NATO bunker buried deep within a mountain, turn the tables and use the power of nature to become one of the world’s most reliable and sustainable data centers.

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  • VENDOR
  • CUSTOMER
  • Green Mountain AS design build and operate high security, robust wholesale colocation data centres.
  • SOLUTION
  • When Green Mountain decided to implement the idea of a green data center, they needed contractors and suppliers that had the most energy efficient and reliable solutions available in the market.

    Schneider Electric handled every data center infrastructure aspect of the enormous project that included designing a cooling system that uses gravity to bring cold water from the adjacent fjord to the data center’s cooling station, deep within a mountain in a former NATO facility. This is done without using any power and without relying on refrigerant gases.

    Solution Components:
    - Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools, control components and about 12,000 measuring points
    - Symmetra™ MW UPSs
    - Canalis LV busway
    - Prisma LV Distribution
    - SM6 + transformers
    - MV/Citect Scada
    - Uniflair™ technical room coolers
    - Infrastruxure™ hot aisle containment systems with in-row coolers and racks
  • DATA COLLECTED
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    Implementation Flexibility - Built on an island, buried deep within a mountain in a former NATO munitions bunker.
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1
    The solution for Green Mountain is powered by 100% renewable hydro power.
    Benefit #2
    The solution helps Green Mountain achieve zero CO2 emissions.
    Benefit #3
    Servers are cooled using fjord water eliminating the need for chillers leading the way to cutting data center energy use by 1/3.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Construction & Buildings
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • ENABLED CAPABILITIES
  • Energy Management
    Environmental Health & Safety
    Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
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