Core4 cuts data center cooling costs by 72%
System's first customer saved $12,000 in monthly electric bills and cut water use by 28%.
Core4, a one-year-old startup based in Napa, Calif., says it has put together a suite of technologies that can replace or retrofit existing cooling systems, according to a report from Greentech Media . Core4 uses energy-efficient compressors, low-power fans, and coils to maintain humidity levels. The company claims it can save businesses thousands of dollars in electric and water costs and
Its first customer, internet service provider Sonic.net, said its Core4 system has cut cooling energy use by almost three-quarters and has helped the company secure a $153,000 rebate from utility Pacific Gas & Electric.
Core4 claims that its system is even more efficient than the recently popular air side economization, which pulls cool air from outdoors to cool data centers. Rick Cockrell, chief technology officer for Core4, noted that outdoor air brings increased amounts of dust, humidity, and variable temperatures that can mean higher rates of equipment failure.
Core4 is one of the many companies and organizations seeking the most energy-efficient and money-saving technique to cool data centers.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey