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German deal for data centre sustainability

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By Nick Flaherty


French power giant Schneider Electric is extending a deal with German data centre operator to accelerate its move to sustainable operations.

Data centres are a major user of energy globally and reducing the energy consumption is a key driver for the industry.

A new integrated strategy with Schneider will see Terra move to 100% renewable energy from wind and solar resources and build an innovative liquid cooling proof-of-concept to reduce the energy consumption of the racks. The APC-branded racks and power distribution units (PDUs) and Galaxy VL Lithium-Ion UPS are supplied by Schneider and today used with free-air cooling.

Schneider has worked with a number of European immersion cooling pioneers, including Iceotope in the UK.

Terra is part of Wortmann AG and operates a highly resilient and fault-tolerant 5MW data centre in Hüllhorst, North-West Germany. The data centre provides mission-critical services to cloud and Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) organizations, including colocation and hosting, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), storage, Disaster Recover (DR) and back-up.

Terra Cloud was the first colocation provider in Europe to deploy Schneider Electric’s Galaxy VL uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with Lithium-ion batteries using its patented eConversion mode to deliver 99% efficiency without compromising availability.

The company, one of the most successful independent German IT companies, also refurbishes and recycles the technology at its data centres so that the servers and infrastructure components can be used in second life applications.

“At Terra Cloud, our core values have always been based on resilience, efficiency, and industry-leading service, and it is incumbent upon us to continue to raise the bar in terms of energy and sustainability,” said Martin Klein, CEO, Terra Cloud, (Wortmann AG).

“By working with Schneider Electric, we will pilot the use of liquid cooling to seek greater efficiencies, and work with our local ecosystem to ensure that our power provision is as reliable, renewable, and sustainable as possible.”

“Resilience, efficiency, and sustainability have become focal points of our industry, and it is vital that we explore all possibilities to reach net zero,” said Vincent Barro, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric DACH. “From inception, we have partnered with Terra Cloud to support the technical design and efficiency requirements of their campus, and we are delighted to develop our partnership further, as they make this important next step on their sustainability journey.”

Schneider’s EcoStruxure system has been deployed in more than 480,000 sites, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through over 40 digital services.

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