Hot Aisle Containment Improves Data Centre Cooling Efficiency
Aisle Containment systems are an effective way to reduce data centre cooling costs. By preventing cold air mixing with hot exhaust air, the efficiency of the data centre’s cooling system can be greatly improved. As cooling the data centre can equate to as much as 40% of the facility’s energy bill, making improvements can make this the biggest area to make cost savings.
Hot Aisle Containment encloses the hot aisle and directs the hot exhaust air back to the intakes of the cooling system. Many Hot Aisle Containment systems require the manufacturers’ racks as well, but not with EDP’s Hot Aisle Containment system. Our Hot Aisle Containment is a retrofitting system that can be fitted to existing racks no matter what their height, width or manufacturer. We now also offer Thermal Curtain Aisle Containment that can be used in cold aisle or hot aisle containment systems
Hot Aisle Containment with Return Plenum
Hot Aisle Containment with a return plenum utilises a ceiling plenum as a return air path back to the room’s CRAC units (rendered image above).
- The hot aisle is enclosed with doors at each end.
- A ‘chimney’ system extends from the hot aisle up to the ceiling plenum.
- Drop boxes are placed on top of the air handler units up to the ceiling allowing the hot air to be sucked back to the unit for processing.
- Cold air is recirculated under the floor back to the cold aisles.
Hot Aisle Containment with In-Row Cooling
Hot Aisle Containment is deployed with in-row cooling system within the aisle.
- The hot aisle is enclosed with doors at each end and with roof panels.
- The hot air is cooled through the in-row coolers and recirculated back into the general data centre environment.