Here’s another energy-efficient option for your data center – this time in the cooling department. American Power Conversion (APC) just announced its InRow OA and Refrigerant Distribution Unit (RDU) pumped refrigerant cooling system.
APC says that the overhead cooling solution is best for medium- and large-sized data centers. The unit can catch up to 27 kW of hot exhaust air, which it then turns into cool air to pump into the IT environment. The OA’s thermal containment eliminates the mixing of hot and cold air, thus improving the cooling efficiency of the product. Its overhead design also requires no whitespace since it can be mounted or suspended from a ceiling above the hot aisle. In addition, APC mentions that the system is optimal in the case of a leak – its refrigerant is made from R134a, which is non-toxic and won’t damage a data center’s equipment.
Some of the benefits that APC cites in the new product include 30-50% more efficiency than standard raised floor cooling, the maximizing of available floor space for IT equipment, elimination of hot spots and easy deployment/installation. According to APC, the InRow OA and RDU units are available now. More product specs can be found soon on APC’s website.