Hamburg/Cologne - Efficient systems engineering is crucial for the operational reliability and sustainability of data centers. That is why akquinet data center competence GmbH, an IT consulting company from Hamburg, is relying on the many years of expertise of ENGIE Deutschland GmbH for the construction of its new data center. The specialists for technology, energy and service will begin construction of the sophisticated IT building, which is being built on akquinet's property in Victoriapark Hamburg-Rahlstedt, in April 2023. Handover is scheduled for May 2024. The technical infrastructure of the modern IT building is very similar to the two data centers in Hamburg and in Norderstedt, which ENGIE Deutschland already implemented for akquinet in 2012 - to the complete satisfaction of the customer. In addition, there will be some innovations in Hamburg-Rahlstedt: Instead of eight, the specialists are integrating twelve IT rooms of 200 square meters each into the building. These will provide a total IT capacity of 3.2 megawatts. The team of experts from ENGIE Deutschland is keeping a particularly close eye on the climate friendliness of the data center, as project manager Daniel Wolf emphasizes: "The more powerful data centers are, the more energy they consume. This is where we come in and offer our customer technical solutions with which akquinet does not have to compromise on either IT performance or energy efficiency." For the sustainable data center, the specialists at ENGIE Deutschland are aiming for a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) value of 1.23. This is well below the industry standard. This is well below the industry standard and already meets the requirements of the pact for climate-neutral data centers, which is to come into force in 2030. .
To achieve this outstanding power consumption effectiveness, ENGIE Deutschland relies on a holistic technology concept that combines energy-efficient plant technology with a measurement, control and regulation plan that has been thought through down to the smallest detail. The QUANTUM air chillers from ENGIE Refrigeration, a subsidiary of ENGIE Deutschland, are a central component of the concept. Daniel Wolf says: "The operation of data centers is hardly conceivable without reliable refrigeration technology - we know this very well after numerous projects in the data center sector. The chillers from ENGIE Refrigeration meet the high requirements for availability, operational reliability and energy efficiency in data centers 100 percent." In addition, ENGIE Deutschland is providing a high-performance photovoltaic system for the new building, which generates electricity both cost-effectively and in a climate-neutral manner. Backup power systems placed on the first floor guarantee an uninterrupted power supply in the individual server rooms. Dennis Preljevic, project manager at akquinet, is completely satisfied with the current status of the project: "The energy concept of ENGIE Deutschland is exactly in line with our climate policy ideas - just like the two almost identical data centers before. We look forward to a successful collaboration and to our climate-friendly IT twin soon becoming a triplet."