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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