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    A SUSTAINABLE data centre

    Using cold fjord water to cool a data centre deep within a mountain is a bold idea. With Schneider EcoStruxure™ IT, Green Mountain innovates data centre cooling while supporting the critical uptime needs of its customers, operating one of the most SUSTAINABLE data centres 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.

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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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The Solution

Reliability and Sustainability with EcoStruxure

   Edge Control: Power Logic Controls
   Connected Products: InRow cooling system, Scalable InfraStruxure, 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

• When Green Mountain decided to implement the idea of a green data center, they needed contractors and suppliers that had the most energy efficient and reliable solutions available in the market. They chose Schneider Electric.

• The solution includes DCIM tools and control components – and uses gravity to bring the cold water of an adjacent fjord to the data center’s cooling station

The Results

• Green Mountain’s colocation facility, built in a former NATO bunker buried deep within a mountain, used the power of nature to become one of the world’s most reliable and sustainable data centers thanks to EcoStruxure.
• The data center achieved a “Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility” designation from the Uptime Institute in Q2 of 2015. A Tier III certified data center, the IT room boasts an impressive Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.2. Green Mountain measures and reports PUE in real-time to customers.
• With the help of Schneider Electric, Green Mountain built a seawater cooling system that does not use power and it is not reliant on refrigerant gases.
• Powered by 100% renewable hydro power, Green Mountain supports the critical uptime needs of its customers and operates as one of the greenest data centers in the world with close to zero CO2 emissions.
• The project received the Green Data Center of the Year award in 2013.
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“Our data center relies exclusively on renewable energy.”

Knut Molaug, CEO, Green Mountain
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