- 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.
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?
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.
'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
- Uniflair™ technical room coolers
- Infrastruxure™ hot aisle containment systems with in-row coolers and racks
- Power utilisation efficiency (PUE) rating of 1.2
- 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
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
“Our data center relies exclusively on renewable energy.” Knut Molaug, CEO, Green Mountain.