The state of Montana data center (SMDC) in Helena, MT, scheduled for completion in December 2010, will use the KyotoWheel system for cooling. The Kyoto system takes advantage of the cool air that is available most of the year allowing the unit to exchange cool air for the warm air that is inside the data center. The only power required is for the fans that move large volumes of air and a motor that is used to rotate the heat transfer wheels that absorb the hot air of the data center. The system also includes conventional cooling equipment for hot summer days.
The Helena SMDC is a 15,000-sq-ft building with 6,200 sq ft of raised floor computer room, the ability to house 13 rows of racks, and has 576 strand redundant fiber connections to the campus WAN. Designed by Total Site Solutions, the data center will incorporate both critical infrastructure DOD security standards and LEED standards.