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Session Overview
TS 15: Data Center Natural Refrigerant Cooling and Smart Lab Design
Thursday, 23/June/2022:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Provincial

Session Topics:
Track A: Industrial Ventilation for Process Applications (occupational health, environmental emissions, innovations, best practices, etc)

Track A: Industrial Ventilation for Process Applications (occupational health, environmental emissions, innovations, best practices, etc) 

Session Abstract

This seminar will introduce Decarbonization methods using Natural Refrigerant CO2 (R744) cooling for Data Center applications through Transcritical Carbon Dioxide Cooling in lieu of DX systems, and Smart Lab design with a focus on Laboratory Ventilation Risk Assessment.


Data Center Cooling Using (R744) As The Refrigerant

Seth Chicos

M&M Carnot, United States of America

Carnot Refrigeration has developed Data Center Cooling Equipment that uses the Natural Refrigerant CO2 (R744) and allows for free cooling when outdoor air temperatures allow. With many installations throughout Canada, Transcritical Carbon Dioxide Cooling has proven to be a great alternative to cooling data centers where legacy perimeter DX systems exist. This will be an introduction applying this energy efficient, sustainable technology when replacing End Of Life data center cooling equipment, and applying free cooling natural refrigeration systems in new data centers utilizing underfloor air distribution and row based cooling.

Delivering Decarbonization in the Critical Environment

Rachel Romero, Amanda Kirkeby, Otto VanGeet, John Myhre

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States of America

Decarbonization is critical to minimizing the impact of facility operations on climate change. As lab facilities produce three to five times the carbon emissions of a typical office building, labs present as a prime candidate for energy efficiency, water reduction, and carbon reduction opportunities. To achieve this, lab owners and facility managers can develop a lab decarbonization plan that aligns with the Smart Labs Toolkit process of Plan, Assess, Optimize, and Manage to achieve decarbonization goals. The Smart Labs Toolkit, a resource developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, guides laboratory stakeholders through a straight-forward, holistic approach to achieve dynamic, high-performance laboratories.  A Smart Labs program employs a combination of physical, administrative, and management techniques to assess, optimize, and manage high performance laboratories. The presentation will focus on a central component of the Smart Labs approach—the Laboratory Ventilation Risk Assessment, a systematic process for identifying risk due to airborne hazards to inform the operation of dynamic ventilation that optimizes safety and efficiency. Case studies of shifting lab operation to maximize carbon reductions will also be shared. In learning ventilation strategies successful in critical laboratory environments, identify the tools and resources needed to successfully manage carbon emissions in any building through smarter, safer ventilation.