Manufacturing company Emerson, of St. Louis, Missouri, has opened its brand new data center, built with the most up-to-date technologies and systems in order to minimize consumptions while increasing efficiency.
The data center features a 7,800-sq.ft. solar rooftop, with over 550 solar panels: it can produce over 100 kW of energy, enough to power the average American home for three days.
Once fully operative – next month of August – the data center will enable Emerson to ensure 99, 982% runtime IT services while increasing energy efficiency by a stunnng 31%.
“One of Emerson’s core business strategies is to deliver energy-efficiency solutions for businesses, data centers, and telecommunications networks,” said David N. Farr, Emerson chairman, chief executive officer, and president. “When we embarked on the design and construction of our own data center, we knew we would have the opportunity to use the same Emerson technologies that we deliver to our customers. Our new data center is truly a showcase of what Emerson makes possible.”
The data center has been designed and built with environmental sustainability in mind. In addition to energy efficiency, indeed, attention has been paid to treatment of wastes: approximately 80 percent of the construction waste generated was diverted from landfills through recycling, and innovative design features enabled Emerson to save more than 2.5 miles of copper piping, minimizing the use of excess materials.
As a result, Emerson anticipates achieving LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council – a rare certification level for data centers.
Overall, Emerson has invested some $50 million in the data center.