Authorised system integrator and service provider for:

Ericsson Data Centre, Athlone

Mechanical Contractor

Kentz/Kirbys/Burlington Eng.  

Consultant

OBMB

BMS System:

cylon

 

 

 

Project Description:

The data centre projects entailed three new data centres which were the subject of three separate contracts with the larger project being split over two phases. This presented several difficulties during commissioning of phase 2 which had to be completed without any disturbance of services to phase 1.  A 2 Megawatt CHP Plant was also installed to provide heat and power to the installation.

 

Project 1: Tipperary Phase 3&4

Primary Plant: The primary plant installation comprised of 6 no. chillers together with primary and secondary pumping systems. 3 large buffer tanks were also installed to provide a ten minute operational buffer in the event of total chiller failure. All plant was sized on an N+1 basis to give failsafe redundancy and this ethos was also applied to the control systems.

Each chiller has been interfaced via a Modbus link in order to optimally monitor running conditions and provide an advanced user interface.

The primary and secondary pumps and chillers are all scheduled as a function of cooling load thus providing optimal energy optimisation without compromising performance or reliability.

Data Centre Monitoring: The data centre holds 80 no. Rittal server racks complete with inbuilt cooling units in each rack. Ashdown controls commissioned a unique SMTP interface which imports all energy data from each Rittal cooling unit and presents it on a BMS screen. Any plant failures at this level are also alarmed with an alarm priority system forwarding on alarms to relevant facilities staff. This alarm system is also extended to primary plant, generators, etc.

Metering: Approximately 30 no. Kwh meters have been networked and incorporated into the BMS in order to provide data to an advanced energy monitoring solution.

 

Project 2: BCP Platform bcpplatform

The BCP Data centre is a smaller self-contained but highly sensitive data centre. A similar N+1 ethos was adopted alongside redundant power supplies, UPS, and backup generators. The entire installation is governed by a Cylon BMS which is in turn networked back to the main facility BMS via the clients LAN.

Primary Plant: The primary plant installation comprised of 2 no. chillers together with primary and secondary pumping systems. A large buffer tanks is also installed to provide a ten minute operational buffer in the event of total chiller failure. All plant was sized on an N+1 basis to give failsafe redundancy and this ethos was also applied to the control systems.

Each chiller has been interfaced via a Modbus link in order to optimally monitor running conditions and provide an advanced user interface.

The primary and secondary pumps and chillers are all scheduled as a function of cooling load thus providing optimal energy optimisation without compromising performance or reliability.

Data Centre Monitoring: The data centre holds 6912 no. Rittal server racks complete with inbuilt cooling units in each rack. Ashdown Controls commissioned a unique SMTP interface which imports all energy data from each Rittal cooling unit and presents it on a BMS screen. Any plant failures at this level are also alarmed with an alarm priority system forwarding on alarms to relevant facilities staff. This alarm system is also extended to primary plant, generators, etc.

Metering: Approximately 12 no. Kwh meters have been networked and incorporated into the BMS in order to provide data to an advanced energy monitoring solution.

 

datacentreProject 3: Server Room Extension

Ashdown Controls have recently commissioned an extension to one of the main server rooms.  This involved the incorporation of a modular server room compromising 12 no. Rittal server racks each hosting 8. No. servers.  All racks are complete with integral Rittal cooling system utilising the site CHW system commissioned in phase 1.

The break into the CHW system had to be scheduled and monitored by Ashdown controls to ensure no down time in live services to existing server rooms. All Rittal racks were incorporated into the Cylon BMS system using an SMTP interface to ensure real time data recording and alarm monitoring with SMS Pager and alarm reporting to facilities staff.

 

Project 4: CHP

A 2 Megawatt CHP plant was installed and Ashdown controls integrated the CHP unit’s power and energy output into the site services network to ensure optimum energy usage while preventing power export onto the National Grid.

All CHP parameters are monitored in real time and several electrical and heat energy meters allow for system monitoring and performance diagnostics.

All installations are governed by a Cylon BMS installation which is in turn networked back to the main facility BMS via the clients LAN.