Hampshire based engineering company, The Aqua Group, has been recognised at the 2019 Data Centre Solutions Awards for their commitment to energy efficient data centre design.

The DCS Awards, now in their 9th year, recognise providers, product designers, suppliers and manufacturers working within the data centre arena.  Entries are validated by a specialist panel and then a short list is put to a vote.

Aqua won the “Data Centre Energy Efficiency Project of the Year” category, for a project undertaken for their client 4D.  4D is a UK based colocation provider, providing ultra-fast connectivity and business focused cloud services around the world.  When 4D took on a legacy data centre facility at Gatwick, Aqua were selected to upgrade the existing chiller-based cooling system. 

The project had energy efficiency at its heart, and Aqua improved the energy saving of the cooling system by 90%, deploying a bespoke cooling solution based on a “chiller-less” design.  Cooling tower technology was used alongside pumps, heat exchangers, dosing equipment, filtration, inverters and remote monitoring.

“We were absolutely delighted to win a DCS Award”, explains Mike West, Data Centre Projects Manager for Aqua Group.  “Being a finalist was an achievement but to win really was the icing on the cake.  It’s great recognition for everyone involved in the project and showcases our commitment to improving our environment by reducing energy consumption and substantially reducing CO2 emissions which impact global warming. Not only with large scale projects like this one, but every time we install energy efficient chillers, free coolers, pump inverters, and so on, we’re doing something positive and so important for our future.” 

The ceremony was held at the Leonardo Royal St Paul’s Hotel and featured entertainment from stand-up comedian Zoe Lyons.