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Supporting Hyperscale Data Operators with Sustainability

Johnson Controls is leveraging its Silent-Aire solutions to support hyperscale data centres in meeting ambitious sustainability targets.

The company’s Data Centre Solutions platform focuses on improving water and energy conversation; including the conservation of resources used by air-cooled chillers, liquid cooling, combination air handler units (AHUs), future-ready refrigerants and prefabricated modular data centres.

Mission-critical data centre operations typically require significant amounts of water and energy for cooling, and hyperscale server rack power density is expected to double as soon as 2023. Many cloud providers are also prioritising investments that improve their environmental sustainability and making climate pledges specific to decarbonisation.

A 2021 survey conducted by Forrester Consulting in collaboration with Johnson Controls, “The Race to Decarbonisation: A Spotlight on Data Centers”, found that almost half of the data centre decision-makers surveyed have indicated they plan to reduce energy consumption across their portfolio by at least 50 per cent by an average reported target date of 2024.

The Silent-Aire and Johnson Controls team is positioning itself to support data centre leaders in meeting these goals by designing and deploying cooling solutions that minimise environmental impact while maximising efficiency and productivity.

Maik Bohlmann, vice president and general manager of the company’s Data Centre Solutions division, says: “We’re thinking beyond singular projects by investing in ongoing partnerships.

“From innovative technologies to continuous support through the lifecycle of their progress, it’s as much a revolution in our approach as it is an evolution of design for the data centres.”

The Data Centre Solutions platform is backed by Johnson Controls’ commitment to sustainability which has reduced its energy and greenhouse gas intensity by 70 per cent since 2002.

The company has also been recognised as one of the “Top 100 Most Sustainable” AAA MSCI rated companies by Corporate Knights, and the first in its industry segment.

Johnson Controls’ OpenBlue suite of connected solutions supports environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals by enabling significant energy savings and corresponding drop in carbon emissions.

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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