ABB explores artificial intelligence modelling for data centre energy optimisation

ABB has signed up to a pilot study with ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) to explore how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and advanced analytics can optimise energy use and reduce a facility’s carbon footprint.

They are conducting the pilot in two phases, beginning with initial data exploration, modelling and validation, studying historical data to establish how digital solutions would impact existing operations and energy use. Once proven, it will be followed by AI control logic testing in a live data centre environment. They aim to achieve at least 10 per cent in energy savings from its cooling systems, which is the largest consumption of electrical power in a data centre after IT equipment.

“Our group’s AI roadmap will take a big leap forward with this pilot program, the vast amounts of data that can be captured and harnessed in a live data centre environment make for a strong base for AI applications, which can also be applied to other business processes including capacity planning, risk mitigation and predictive maintenance,” Daniel Pointon, group chief technology officer at ST Telemedia Global Data Centres, said. “This, and other initiatives around alternative energy sources, water efficiency, construction technology and innovative cooling solutions, are being carried out by our research and development team based in Singapore.”

The team is currently developing AI-based optimisation models for the entire data centre cooling plant, including the upstream chiller and distribution systems. The project is also unlocking new opportunities for efficiency improvement at a granular level within the data centre. They will be able to use AI-generated insights, leveraging cutting-edge ABB Ability Genix for industrial analytics and AI, tracking and analysing data generated by monitoring systems in the data centre, and better facilitate dynamic cooling optimisation.

“We look forward to supporting the STT GDC team in their efforts to drive digitalisation and energy efficiencies,” Madhav Kalia, global head of data Centre automation at ABB, said. “At ABB, we have a strong track record of supporting data centre operators with our best-in-class technology solutions. We are committed to exploring the synergies between our offerings with STT GDC as it embarks on an ambitious plan.”

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