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Nortek Air Solutions, a leading provider of custom air handlers, is pleased to announce the use of its patented StatePoint Technology in two buildings at the Facebook data center in Clonee, Ireland. Facebook announced “the Clonee Data Center will continue to be one of the most advanced, energy efficient data centers in the world and will be supported by 100% renewable energy.”
The StatePoint system uses a liquid-to-air membrane exchanger in which water evaporates through a membrane separation layer to cool the data center. “This new exchanger technology addresses some of the fundamental disadvantages of open spray and wetted media evaporative cooling systems and opens up new possibilities for high performance liquid cooling in data centers and other applications,” said Philip LePoudre, fellow engineer of Nortek.
The liquid-to-air membrane exchanger prevents cross contamination between the water and air streams, greatly reducing the risk of water side fouling and aerosol carryover in the exhaust air stream. In addition, the StatePoint Liquid Cooling system achieves exceptional levels of water usage efficiency while maintaining industry-leading energy efficiency.
Since 2015, Nortek Air Solutions has worked closely with the Facebook engineering team to develop StatePoint Technology. The goal was to engineer a new cooling solution for data centers in certain climates. Facebook and Nortek Air Solutions announced the technology in June 2018.
“We are excited and proud to be part of the innovations used by Facebook to support their world class levels of efficiency,” said Bruno Biasiotta, CEO of Nortek.