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Data is an inescapable factor of modern life. With our phones becoming increasingly ‘smart’, Internet of Things (IoT) enabling automated building operation and unprecedented developments in AI, demand for data centre capacity is on a consistent upwards trajectory.
These essential powerhouses of modern life consume huge amounts of energy and water during the cooling process to ensure equipment is reliable, energy efficient and cost-effective. Monitoring, maintenance and water treatment for data centres is key to operational health.
While efficiency and operational costs are key concerns for tenants, building owners have a more long-term investment in the life cycle of HVAC plant.
The best way data centre owners can protect critical HVAC assets from breakdown, prevent unplanned downtime and maximise return on investment (ROI) is by utilising developments in real-time monitoring and preventative maintenance.
Closed-circuit water systems (sometimes called closed-loop or closed heating and cooling systems) are an essential part of overall HVAC operations, often used in air-cooled data centres. Consisting of a sealed unit of re-circulating water which absorbs excess heat, these systems are particularly vulnerable to in the event of air ingress.
The presence of dissolved oxygen within the closed loop can quickly result in fouling, scale and corrosion, usually caused by poor mechanical design, heavy handed water treatment or poor maintenance practices. If left unchecked, breakdown and downtime may follow, leading to great expense, disruption and reputation damage.
To monitor and track conditions in closed-circuit water systems, we use Hevasure’s innovative corrosion monitoring technology which provides constant information on a range of parameters, including pH, temperature, pressure, inhibitor levels and the all-important dissolved oxygen.
Any changes are instantly detected and sent straight to the in box of responsible parties, meaning small issues can be flagged up and dealt with before they become major problems.
Hevasure is far superior to traditional methods of water system monitoring, such as sampling and corrosion coupons, benefiting building owners by improving to both operating and life-cycle costs.
It also allows data centre owners to:
If you’d like to find out more about how Guardian Water Treatment can help to protect the HVAC system in your data centre, do get in touch.