An ABB solution is controlling what is thought to be the world’s first zero-emissions data center. The facility recently opened its first 40-foot data storage container and has a second under delivery.
Located in Iceland and powered by renewable hydropower and geothermal energy, the data center uses innovative natural cooling technology instead of power-thirsty chillers to achieve an exceptional energy efficiency level. ABB programmable logic controllers are the brain of the installation.
Strategically located in Iceland midway between Europe and North America, the Thor Data Center is a hosting a cloud storage services center situated close to the country’s capital, Reykjavik.
Both storage containers use an innovative and patented new cooling technology developed by Spain-based AST Modular, which enables Thor DC to operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of only 1.07 – probably the lowest on record.
Known as modular natural free cooling, the patented technology uses the naturally cool outside air of the Icelandic climate to maintain the correct operating temperature and humidity level inside the sensitive data storage containers.
This, and the fact that the electricity supplied to the center comes from renewable geothermal or hydropower sources means that Thor DC offers its customers a green data storage environment with zero carbon footprint.
Monitoring and controlling the critical parameters in each data storage container are two ABB AC500 programmable logic controllers (PLCs).