FRE provides expertise for data centers to better manage cooling system energy and reduce operational costs. Through facility evaluations, the firm helps customers identify opportunities that significantly lower energy usage and increase operational efficiency. As a part of the initial evaluation, the company’s experienced team conducts a facility walkthrough at no charge. Extensive audits for operations, layout, cooling units, and airflow management are also conducted. Savings economics are calculated for all recommended changes to obtain a reliable ROI.
The company’s monitoring and control solutions encompass enhanced environmental and power monitoring, helping clients automate data center systems based on environmental and power conditions. Additionally, the solution identifies excessive cooling in data centers—which reduces cooling energy while maintaining temperature stability and performance, and consuming less energy.
With regard to efficiency in equipment upgrades, the company also helps customers identify new high efficiency equipment and calculates the expected efficiency gains over existing and/or end of life equipment. “If a customer is interested in replacing an end-of-life cooling unit with a high efficiency cooling unit, we can calculate how much less energy the new hardware will consume compared to existing ones, and turnkey the entire project,” says Tim Hirschenhofer, General Manager, FRE.This provides the client insight into how new additions will impact power and network requirements before actually implementing them.
Through facility evaluation, the firm helps its clients identify and implement opportunities to significantly lower energy usage and increase operational efficiency
Since its inception, the company has worked with clients across numerous industries to implement energy efficiency optimization with minimal financial risks. Recently, a Minneapolis-based customer engaged FRE to help optimize efficiency across their legacy site portfolio. FRE identified a number of measures they could implement to accomplish an immediate savings and help save energy in the future, including: cooling and airflow improvements, equipment replacements, and enhanced monitoring and controls. Improvements included the installation of new high efficiency CRAC units, moving an existing glycol loop to improve airflow and floor pressure, containment, and environmental monitoring with better cooling controls. FRE also conducted engineering studies to prove anticipated savings, and qualified most of the work for local utility incentives.