Norway’s Green Mountain data center is one of the most innovative data centers in existence. Located deep inside a mountain, within a former NATO munitions bunker, and adjacent to a cold water fjord, it is certainly a unique locale for a data center. But the surroundings are only part of the innovation.
It turns out that the environment feeds right into the sustainability goals of Green Mountain. Using only renewable energies, the data center’s cooling system leverages nature to achieve performance and efficiency goals.
For data centers, achieving consistent 24/7 cooling is a primary challenge. Since this part of Norway is surrounded by frigid waters, designers allowed Green Mountain to employ the icy seawaters as a refrigerant. In turn, the often turbulent seas provide reliable, low-carbon hydropower for the facility.
Schneider Electric was integral in the design, with experts creating a system that uses gravity to bring the cold water to the data center’s cooling station without any power expenditure or use of refrigerant gases. This led to a facility that produces zero CO2 emissions.
But how does it perform?
All of this would be for naught if the data center didn’t work at optimal levels. In an increasingly connected world, we know how vital it is to protect critical information and data. As such, data centers need to be reliable, efficient and scalable, while keeping data secure.
EcoStruxure-based solutions allow Green Mountain’s operator to monitor and control the entire physical infrastructure to drive business performance. It’s all made possible by Innovation At Every Level across connected products, edge control and apps, analytics and services.
These IoT-enabled solutions to seamlessly connect, collect, analyze and act on data in real-time, delivering enhanced safety, efficiency, reliability and sustainability to the entire facility. Schneider Electric installed data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software, control components, and around 12,000 measuring points to gather key data and offer real-time performance monitoring.
The result? Green Mountain continually performs as one of the most secure data centers in the world. Not only do the existing NATO blast doors protect the internal systems from intruders and weather, but also from any occurrences of electromagnetic radiations.
Because of these top-tier components, and the data center’s performance, Green Mountain was awarded a “Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility” designation from the Uptime Institute in September of 2015.
More importantly, Green Mountain stands as a testament to the possibilities of sustainable design. Saving the environment also equates to savings for its data center customers who will benefit from its low cost, high-efficiency implementation.
Corporations are tasked with reducing carbon footprints across their data center portfolios, and cutting spending on power. EcoStruxure brings this once unattainable goal closer to fruition each and every day.