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Nortek Air Solutions unveils a cool solution for Facebook data centre in Singapore

September 25, 2018 | By Jillian Morgan

StatePoint liquid cooling technology will be used to maintain temperature levels for Facebook’s first data centre engineered in Asia.

Since 2015, Nortek has worked with the Facebook engineering team to develop a cooling solution that could handle Singapore’s high humidity and high temperatures, while addressing the sustainability issues facing large data centres.

The system uses a liquid-to-air exchanger in which water evaporates through a membrane separation layer to cool the data centre. The liquid-to-air membrane exchanger aims to prevent cross contamination between the water and air streams.

With the addition of a pre-cooling coil, the system is designed to maintain required cooling water and temperatures in humid climates using minimal supplemental mechanical cooling.

The average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of existing data centres in the area is greater than 1.75, according to Nortek. This system is expected to achieve a PUE of 1.19. www.nortekair.com



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