Control & Automation
Schneider Electric cooling installation at Cogeco for energy efficiency
June 26, 2013 - Earlier this month, Schneider Electric announced the successful installation of its EcoBreeze, a modular indirect evaporative cooling solution, at a new colocation and cloud services facility in Barrie, Ont., which is operated by Cogeco Data Services.
By Stephanie Lai
The new 10MW facility will feature 16 EcoBreeze units as it expands. By offering “flexible, energy-efficient cooling options”, Schneider Electric said its EcoBreeze solution will enable Cogeco Data Services to meet energy efficiency goals.
“At our Barrie facility, we plan to take advantage of free cooling as much as possible to reduce energy usage. EcoBreeze enables us to do this while also giving us the room to scale quickly and effectively as we continue to grow,” said Jeff Edward, VP of Engineering and Operations at Cogeco Data Services.
Ehvert Mission Critical was the strategic partner selected by Cogeco to deliver the new data centre. The limited space on the property presented the challenge of adapting the EcoBreeze system to a roof-based configuration, said the company. Ehvert undertook the detailed design and construction of a series of dedicated structural frames to support the systems above the existing building structure.
“The EcoBreeze’s modular architecture and ISO-Shipping-frame-based construction, allowed our team to design, fabricate and place the units in a fraction of the time necessary for a custom site-assembled solution”, said Vello Ehvert, president at Ehvert Mission Critical.
The new Cogeco Data Services facility is also use the following Schneider Electric data centre solutions:
- • Schneider Electric’s touch safe, modular power distribution architecture, which enables moves, add-ons and changes without having to shut down panelboards.
- • Schneider Electric’s Symmetra 1.6MW uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, which helps provide energy efficient, modular, scalable, three-phase power protection for Cogeco Data Services’ mission-critical environment.
- • StruxureWare data centre infrastructure management software (DCIM), which provides an instant overview of data centre operations through inventory management, a PUE calculator, real-time device alarms, and location-based drill-down.