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    Data meets nature: The story behind one of the greenest data centers in the world

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    • Data meets nature Green Mountain case study

      Green Mountain puts the power of nature to use in their secure data center, deep inside a Norwegian mountain.

      • Green Mountain case study

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      The challenge

      We are consuming data at an unprecedented pace: 3 billion Facebook videos viewed daily and 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube, every hour.

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

      Delivering secure and reliable data centre services can come at an environmental cost though, as energy use in data centres contributes to 2% of global CO2 emissions.

      So how did one colocation facility, built in a former NATO bunker and 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 centres?

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      The solution


      When Green Mountain decided to implement the idea of a green data centre, they needed contractors and suppliers that had the most energy-efficient and reliable solutions available in the market.

      Schneider Electric handled every aspect relating to data centre infrastructure, within the enormous project. It included designing a cooling system that uses gravity to bring cold water from the adjacent fjord to the data centre’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.
       
      Powered by 100% renewable hydro power, Green Mountain supports the critical uptime needs of its customers, operating as one of the greenest data centres in the world – part of their plan to deliver a large ‘zero-emission’ facility.

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      'We share a lot of values with Schneider Electric, especially around renewable energies.'
      -Knut Molaug, CEO Green Mountain


      Schneider Electric solutions for Green Mountain

      • Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools, control components and about 12,000 measuring points
      • Symmetra™ MW UPSs
      • Canalis LV busway
      • Prisma LV Distribution
      • SM6 + transformers
      • MV/CitectScada
      • Uniflair™ technical room coolers
      • Infrastruxure™ hot aisle containment systems with in-row coolers and racks 


      Key facts

      • Power utilisation efficiency (PUE) rating of 1.2
      • 13,600m²
      • Tier III Certification 
      • Zero CO2 emissions
      • Powered by 100% renewable hydro power
      • Data Centre Dynamics ‘Green Data Centre of the Year’ award in 2013
      • Servers are cooled using fjord water, eliminating the need for chillers and cutting data centre energy use by a third
      • Built on an island, buried deep within a mountain in a former NATO munitions bunker

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      Results

      • 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