The Data Centre industry has a moral and social responsibility to redress climate change through eco-friendly manufacturing techniques, adoption of a green, transparent policy and environmental disclosure as part of their respective CSR policies. DataQube supports the industry in its drive to become greener and our portfolio of edge data centre products have been designed in such a way that they consume less energy from day one.

Energy consumption

Lowest PUE and CO2 emissions

Our edge data centre solution consumes up to 50% less power and omits up to 50% less CO2 compared to other data centres as it supports greater IT load per SQM. This is possible because its person-free layout permits optimal power consumption as the energy transfer is dedicated solely to powering computers. Our solution also supports a range of cooling options, including Liquid Cool Solutions (LCS) recently launched miniNODE™, a next generation harsh environment sealed cooling solution technology solution. Removing the need for human space makes for a smaller physical footprint because less land and fewer raw materials are needed from the outset. This efficient use of space combined with optimized IT capacity is setting a new standard in the industry. A 1 MW DataQube deployment, for example occupies 620 sqm versus 1,000 sqm, lowering CO2 emissions by up to 162 tonnes.

Supporting all renewable energy sources

Although data centres are transitioning from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources, the industry’s overall energy consumption is still growing unprecedently. Moreover, switching energy sources is not overcoming the problem it is simply moving it sideways. Our edge data centre products have been built in such a way that they consume less energy from the outset which translates into less CO2. They also support all energy sources in all combinations and feasibility studies have shown that our fresh approach to the energy dilemma offers the potential to reduce power consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 50%.

Cutting edge liquid cooling techniques

More than a third of Data Centre Capex is spent on air conditioning units and/or water-cooling equipment, with said infrastructure also accounting for more than 50% of ongoing Opex. Immersive cooling technologies consume zero water, take up 75% less space, extend equipment/component longevity and reduce overall power consumption. Our exclusive partnership with Liquid Cool Solutions empowers our customers to leverage the benefits of their cutting-edge coolants developed using eco-friendly dielectric fluid. Apart from removing the need for bulky air conditioning units, LCS coolants also reduce noise and heat omissions and ultimately less co2.

DataQube is also championing the adoption of refrigerant gases with lower GWP (global warming potential) values. The current Industry standard uses R410A with a GWP of 2088. Our solutions, on the other hand, feature coolants with a GWP of only 675 or lower.

Liquid cooling

Swapping reinforced concrete for reusable ground screws

After coal-powered electricity, cement manufacture is the next biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for approximately 5% of annual anthropogenic global CO2 production. Reinforced concrete is also integral to all data centre building projects thus exacerbating the industry’s CO2 dilemma.

Unlike regular Data centre builds, our “podular” solution does not need reinforced concrete foundations which have a high CO2 emission rate per tonne. Instead, our edge data centre pods are secured in place using specialist, reusable ground screws, making for a much lower carbon footprint.