UK: Schneider Electric is using a polymer heat exchanger in its new Ecoflair Indirect Air Economiser cooling solution for data centres.

Ecoflair is said to address the challenge of maintaining optimum operating temperatures in data centres while, it is claimed, reducing operating costs by over 60% compared to traditional cooling systems.

The design also removes cooling equipment from the data centre floor freeing up valuable white space.

“Modularity together with a proprietary polymer heat exchanger are key to the success of Ecoflair,” commented John Nieman, Schneider Electric’s director of product management, cooling solutions.

The company claims that the tubular design prevents fouling and thus minimises maintenance and maintains heat exchanger performance. The polymer is also corrosion-proof and, being modular, is easily replaced, should it be required.

Available in 250kW and 500kW modules, Ecoflair is said to be particularly suited for colocation facilities rated between 1 and 5MW (250kW modules) and large hyperscale or cloud data centres rated up to 40MW (500kW modules). The modularity also allows the cooling to grow at the same rate as power upgrades.

Schneider Electric says that indirect air economisation can be deployed regardless of most environmental or the climactic conditions prevalent in the data centre’s location. Typically, it says, the technology is suitable for at least 80% of all global locations.

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