An innovative University of Hull cooling system has helped Hull City Council reduce electricity consumption at its data center by up to 80 per cent.
Using a super-performance Dew Point Cooling system, developed at the University’s Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, Hull City Council have made huge savings in electricity cooling costs and reduced their carbon footprint.
The technology was first tested at the University’s Aura Innovation Centre in Hessle before the trial was extended to Hull City Council’s data center.
Dr Zishang Zhu, a senior research fellow at the University of Hull, said: “This project is the culmination of 15 years of work at the University, developing the technology to a point where we could demonstrate its potential at our own Aura Innovation Centre.
“After the success of that pilot project, the next step was applying the same technology to Hull City Council’s data center. The savings, both in carbon emissions and cost, have been impressive.
“We have now been able to demonstrate, in a real-world environment, the potential this cooling technology can have. It offers enormous benefits to companies, both from an environmental and financial point of view.”
The Dew Point Cooling technology can lead to an 80-90 per cent reduction in electricity consumption and carbon emissions compared to traditional cooling systems.
For the project, two 4kW dew point coolers were installed at the Aura Innovation Centre, to service its computer room.
The second pilot – at Hull City Council’s data center – saw the installation of a 100kw cooling system.
The technology will save the council £149 per day in its electricity cooling costs which is equivalent to £54,000 per year.