After extensive research, managers from Norwegian colocation services provider, Green Mountain, visited Vertiv’s Customer Experience Centers in Italy to see Vertiv technologies and test their performance in peak conditions. There, Green Mountain selected the Vertiv Liebert PCW chilled water perimeter units for its DC1-Stavanger colocation facility – with a total installed cooling capacity of 5 MW.
Green Mountain DC1-Stavanger is an underground data center developed in a former NATO munitions storage facility. This data center runs on 100 percent renewable hydropower and is cooled with water from the fjords. This would ensure a constant temperature of 8°C.
The unique data center location would offer a great advantage in utilizing renewable energy sources and minimizing cooling equipment for carbon-free operations. However, like all data centers, it requires uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and thermal management systems to maintain optimal uptime.
Liebert PCW offers Green Mountain high efficiency standards thanks to a combination of the latest technologies and an internal design that optimizes the aerodynamics of all internal components. In addition, Vertiv was also chosen as the supplier of UPS systems for another project carried out in parallel, where several Liebert EXL S1 UPS systems were supplied, supported with lithium-ion battery backup, a longer-life alternative than traditional VRLA battery systems.
“Sustainability plays an important role when we build new colocation centers and add new features to them,” said Alexander de Flon Rønning, design and product manager at Green Mountain. “Our customers have insight into where we get our energy from. This is a key differentiator for us.”
Project Support by Vertiv
“For Green Mountain, product and vendor sustainability is an important factor when purchasing new equipment,” added Mr. De Flon Rønning. “Vertiv technologies are the most energy efficient I have seen, and this will further improve our overall sustainability, which already has an extremely high rating. In addition, Vertiv’s systems are extremely compact. “Our underground data center has no additional rooms. Therefore, there is no possibility to free up more space for additional data center equipment.”
“Managing the project during Covid-19 was difficult,” added Mr. De Flon Rønning. “We were afraid that all plants and deliveries would come to a halt. Fortunately, Vertiv stepped in. Among other things, they helped us by tracking shipments and ensuring that the equipment was delivered smoothly, despite the closed borders and logistical challenges. If Vertiv had not helped us with the deliveries, we would not have been able to complete the project on time.”
“The Climate Neutral Datacenter Pact, signed by major European cloud and data center operators, demonstrates the commitment of the data center industry to reduce its carbon footprint,” said Giordano Albertazzi, CEO of Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “An effective transition to a sustainable and digital future requires both deployment of new, modern data center facilities and the upgrade of existing sites to take advantage of the latest and most efficient technologies. I am proud that Vertiv is contributing to this.”