Tencent announces green data center

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Internet company Tencent and ZTE announced data center called Tencent West Lab.

There are more than 400,000 data centers operating in China.

The data center has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) level of 1.0665 (including photovoltaic gains) — based on uninterrupted 24-hour load tests made by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR). The PUE of the majority of China’s data centers is higher than 2.2 – while global average for data centers is around 1.7 according to the 2014 data from the Uptime Institute.

According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the annual power consumption of China’s data center industry exceeds 1.5 percent of the total power consumption of the whole of China.

Thanks to ZTE strategies, the green data center features technological breakthroughs in cooling, power consumption, design structure, management and control.

The West Lab data center uses a power supply combination of solar photovoltaic & high-voltage and direct current (HVDC) & mains power. The project is the first in China to put indirect evaporative free cooling technology into business application.

ZTE says the energy efficiency ratio (EER) achieved by this method can reach 16.0, which is five times the efficiency of conventional mechanical compression cooling air-conditioning systems. The project has realized environmental protection and energy saving goals while also ensuring low operation costs and low carbon emissions.

Using a prefabricated container approach by ZTE, the data center can be constructed block by block in a modular fashion. The equipment can be installed within two weeks after being shipped to the site. Equipment can be assembled and deployed in “mobile mode” to enable a fully transportable, mobile green and energy-saving data center.

West Lab facility also uses ZTE’s self-developed iDCIM data center infrastructure smart management system to realize asset unit management, smart linkage operation of sub-systems, radio frequency identification (RFID), wireless management and control to help Tencent realize smart and efficient operations and management (O&M) processes.

ZTE uSmartDC data center solution has been deployed in over 40 commercial offices.

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