Freezing temperatures in the Nordics region
and parts of North America may cause serious issues for data centre
construction already delayed by Covid-19, warns temporary temperature control
For the Nordics region, which will see
temperatures of -15 to -30oC over the winter months, cold
weather-related obstacles for data centre construction and maintenance could
result in vital facilities not being operational for the entire winter.
While operators and providers in the region
may have planned construction phases, like excavation, to be carried out before
the ground freezes, Covid-related delays may mean that such stages have been
pushed back. It is at this point where data centre providers need to implement
temporary heating to thaw the frozen ground for excavation to continue.
For facilities further on through the
construction phase, rooms may need to be heated to certain temperature for
contractors carrying out installations to meet local legislation and aid safe
and productive work. Providing temporary heat may also be vital to ensuring
ambient conditions are kept stable, so installation of electrical and mechanical
infrastructure conforms to manufacturers’ guidelines.
Precautions also need to be taken with on-site
generation, through both permanent and temporary rental solutions. Operators must consider whether equipment has
been winterised, the fuel lines and storage tanks are correctly insulated, and
understand when additional trace heating may be required.
To help contractors working against the
dropping temperatures, Aggreko has a number local specialists in temperature
control who can deploy temporary equipment to counter the effects of the cold.
By working with providers and operators to determine the exact equipment
requirements of a facility, measures can be put in place before low
temperatures halt progress.
Billy Durie, Global Sector Head – Data Centres
at Aggreko, says: “As the winters become more extreme each year, we are seeing
increasing amounts of requests for supplementary heating for data centres to
allow vital construction to continue. Due to delays relating to Covid-19, we
are already seeing delays face construction and, as temperatures plummet,
heating systems must be quickly implemented to allow construction to continue
and avoid further delays.”
He adds: “Our global fleet of temperature
control equipment can be deployed to the furthest and coldest reaches of the
Nordics region to aid providers working against the freezing conditions. Before
the region reaches the lowest temperature, we urge providers and operators to
speak to our local specialists to determine plans for countering the cold.”