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KyotoCooling system a first at Melbourne Airport

Jan 19, 2011

Melbourne Airport's new data centre will be the first in Australia to use KyotoCooling, an innovative cooling system to significantly reduce IT power consumption and carbon emissions.

Melbourne Airport Manager Information Systems Mark Funston said KyotoCooling had the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the data centre, which supports mission-critical systems including baggage, security and surveillance for more than 27 million passengers a year.

"Data centres generate considerable heat and have substantial cooling requirements. Conventional cooling techniques, however, are energy and emissions intensive," Mr Funston said.

"In Melbourne's climate, KyotoCooling can provide free air cooling between 80 and 90 per cent of the year - making it a powerful tool for cutting energy use and costs, while reducing carbon emissions."

"Melbourne Airport is committed to growing responsibly and sustainably, which is why we are investing in energy saving technologies to make our environment cleaner. We are investigating opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency across the airport."

"This builds on a range of other environmental initiatives undertaken by Melbourne Airport, including rainwater harvesting, low water use fittings, solar powered hot water services, in-floor hydronic heating and cooling systems, CO2 detection technologies, automated blinds, efficient lighting and computer systems, use of low emission and recycled materials during construction and mandated standard building requirements to include energy efficiency."

KyotoCooling is a complete cooling system, using a heat exchange wheel to harness the lower outside air temperature to cool the air inside the data centre. Its clever design ensures outside air does not enter the room, to minimise risk of outside contaminants.

Modelling based on a decade of Melbourne weather data has forecast that KyotoCooling will be effective for most of the year. When outside temperatures rise in summer, cooling can be progressively switched to conventional cooling systems during the hotter hours of the day, with KyotoCooling substantially contributing to cooling as temperatures drop in the night hours.

A second data centre which will also be fitted with KyotoCooling is being planned to ensure business continuity and cater for future growth.

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