Guideline Changes Open Door for APC by Schneider Electric Free Cooling Innovation

APC’s new containerised fresh air cooling economiser will be unveiled at DatacenterDynamics London. It combines evaporative, air-to-air heat exchange and DX techniques for optimised efficiency.

Online PR News – 21-October-2010 – – Recent changes to industry guidelines for data centre temperature and humidity have opened the door for the use of alternative cooling methods that were previously only viable in a few geographic locations. These changes render significant new areas of the world able to take advantage of some form of economisation to cool the data centre by utilising outdoor ambient temperatures for heat rejection – free cooling.

Meeting the new opportunity, APC by Schneider Electric is to launch a new system that integrates multiple modes of economisation in a single solution, in order to provide the most efficient form of free cooling according to local conditions. The system will automatically select the most effective mode between indirect evaporation, air to air heat exchange, direct expansion or a combination of all three. The new solution is containerised and can be retro-fitted to service existing CRAC systems.

At the heart of the new solution is an Indirect Evaporative Cooler (IEC) module which segregates the data centre air from the outdoor air. By keeping the airstreams separate, the risk of airborne contamination or excessive moisture changes is eliminated. To further optimise the system efficiency, the use of Electronically Commutated (EC) fan technology is employed for controlling indoor and outdoor air streams, maximising performance while minimising power consumption.

To find out how APC’s standardised design for air side economisation will lower data centre capital investment and energy consumption without sacrificing performance or availability, please attend John Bean’s presentation “Modular and Standardised Economiser Designs to Meet the Needs of Changing Industry Standards and Energy Efficiency Requirements” on November 9th or visit APC’s stand at DatacenterDynamics London 2010.

DatacenterDynamics is being held at the Lancaster Hotel, London 9th & 10th November 2010. For more details please visit For more information regarding InfraStruxure, APC’s innovative architecture for data centre physical infrastructure including power protection, distribution, cooling, racking, security and management software, please visit

Editors Note:
John Bean Jr. is the Director of Innovation and Technology for Racks & Cooling Solutions for APC by Schneider Electric. John is an active member of both The Green Grid as Vice Chair of Technology and Strategy Workgroup and American Society of Heating, and Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers working primarily on Technical Committee 9.9 Mission Critical Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment. Previously John was the Director of R&D Cooling Solutions at APC, developing several new product platforms and establishing engineering and laboratory facilities in both the USA and Europe. John has over 30 years of experience in the design, support and manufacture of mission critical thermal solutions.


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