BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, is proud to announce that its energy-efficient data center cooling solution Ecoflair™, the EcoStruxure™ Ready Indirect Air Economizer, has been recognized as a 2018 Product of the Year by the readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer, receiving the Bronze award in the HVAC category. This award is the third accolade for Ecoflair this year, which was also recognized as a 2018 Product of the Year by Environmental Leader and a 2018 Money-Saving Product by BUILDINGS Magazine.
Schneider Electric Ecoflair is an EcoStruxure Ready ultra-efficient data center cooling solution that moves cooling from the data center floor, freeing up power and whitespace for IT gear. Designed for roof-top or on-grade deployments, Ecoflair is available in 250kW and 500kW modules, and is sized for large colocation providers and hyperscale data centers while meeting their energy efficiency needs. Its flexible design offers greater customization based on cooling requirements, environmental and climatic conditions, modular construction for simplified deployment and installation, increased serviceability and lowered maintenance costs.
Ecoflair requires less energy for cooling, allowing data center operators to increase IT load within the same electrical infrastructure. As a result, Ecoflair can reduce data center cooling operating costs by up to 60 percent when compared with legacy chilled water or refrigerant technologies and can achieve efficiency gains of 15 to 20 percent when compared to other indirect air economizer systems. Ecoflair's indirect air-to-air economization and integrated evaporative free-cooling allow for high energy efficiency at any condition, reducing carbon footprint and improving sustainability.
"It is an honor to witness Ecoflair's continued recognition in the data center space. Its recognition across technology-, sustainability- and facility-related organizations demonstrates the importance of customizable cooling solutions that can scale with the growing demands of today's data centers," said Benjamin Smith, Vice President for Cooling, Schneider Electric. "As today's IT workloads become more dense, data center operators are faced with the challenge of determining an effective data center cooling solution for a healthy IT environment while minimizing costs. Ecoflair addresses these challenges by consuming zero whitespace and freeing up valuable room for IT equipment while also bringing improved efficiency, reduced costs and more total cooling into the facility."
The Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year Awards highlight new and innovative products in the HVAC, fire/life safety, electrical and plumbing systems engineering markets. Award finalists are selected by the publication's readers based on technological advancement, service to the industry and market impact.
About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.
About Schneider Electric EcoStruxureTM
EcoStruxureTM is our open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity for our customers. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. The includes Connect Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services.
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