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Introduction to the ER4SeR project by Jem Taylor, University of the Highlands and Islands

Introduction to the ER4SeR project by Jem Taylor, University of the Highlands and Islands

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  • What is the project about? Define the goal of this project Is it similar to projects in the past or is it a new effort? Define the scope of this project Is it an independent project or is it related to other projects?
  • What is the project about? Define the goal of this project Is it similar to projects in the past or is it a new effort? Define the scope of this project Is it an independent project or is it related to other projects? * Note that this slide is not necessary for weekly status meetings
  • In December’s freeze, hot water from the building heating system flooded the first floor and drained down through the server room, destroying the server farm and VC bridges…... Expected to re-open in a few weeks. My first million pound insurance incident  expect four-five months before all services re-instated!

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  • ER4SeR Project Jem Taylor University of the Highlands and Islands University of the Highlands and Islands
    • Campus typically has a single central server room where recoverable heat is concentrated, but what to use it for?
    • Space heating:
      • Maybe a single central plant, but might not be near server room
      • Not required all year round – in winter can use all the heat we can give
      • Need to turn warm air into hot water – Air-Source heat pump ?
    • Hot Water (kitchens, toilet blocks):
      • Might be fed from main heat plant, or individual cylinders
      • Used all year round but might not need enough input energy
    • Easiest way to use server room heat is to pipe warm air directly
      • Check building codes (especially fire safety) and seasonal demand
    • Outcomes might inform future building design rather than lead to interventions in existing building . . .
    • Inverness College – Longman Campus
      • Limited life building – five years max before move to new out-of-town campus
      • Largest of the three sites – most potential to use recovered energy ?
      • Urban 1960’s style technical college and now a UHI datacentre
    Sites
    • UHI – Ness Walk building
      • HQ building – under 100 occupants
      • Original UHI datacentre – largest potential source of recoverable energy ?
      • Three heating plants (one per floor)
      • Basic design: 1802 listed building shell, refurbished 2005
    • Lews Castle College – Stornoway campus
      • Small semi-rural further education college
      • Basic design: several standalone buildings from 1960’s to present day
      • IT energy use planned to shrink and move away to main UHI datacentres
    • Perth College – Brahan Building, Crieff Road Campus
      • Longer planned life building, with no recent flooding
      • Largest of the three sites – most potential to use recovered energy ?
      • Urban 1960’s style building will be a UHI datacentre
  • Ness Walk Datacentre Server Room Boiler Plant (x3) Per floor VC Suite and Board Room
  • Lews Castle College UHI Stornoway Campus Main Server Room Boiler Plant Research Group Server Room
  • Inverness College UHI Longman Campus
    • There may be an existing Building Management System
      • That does NOT mean that anyone ever looks at it 
      • You can’t trust the electrical power drawings either
    • It takes a LONG time to get permanent per-circuit metering installed:
      • Enrolment Change Freeze
      • Negotiate power-downs where needed
      • Negotiate whether power-downs are needed!
      • Long lead time for supply of equipment – need to select then bulk order
    • PhD Researchers and Electrical Contractors don’t really mix . . .
      • Choose the right equipment – DIN enclosure, not laboratory panel
      • Take an IT services approach to power – just give researchers the data 
    • Warm Air is potentially usable directly
      • Could change server room to forced air cooling, and
      • Duct warm air (at 25 C or above) into central stairwell
      • Much cheaper than alternative solutions – low risk investment
      • Would slash winter-time building heating costs
    • Will still need cooling or venting plant for summer-time
    Server Room Boiler Plant We have learned that …