Oklahoma City — Digital Edge (Singapore) Holdings Pte. Ltd., leverages StatePoint liquid cooling technology manufactured by Nortek Data Center Cooling, for its Manila, Philippines, colocation data center.

Using the patented StatePoint technology positions Digital Edge’s NARRA1 project as the most energy- and water-efficient IT facility in the Philippines.

The $100 million joint venture with local technology and real estate company, Threadbone Group, is slated for fourth quarter 2022 completion. The 2,200-cabinet project is the first in Asia to use StatePoint technology in a commercial colocation facility. NARRA1 will be the largest carrier-neutral data center in operational capacity in the Philippines and is projected as a paradigm for future digital infrastructure sustainability standards.

The refrigerant-free, indirect evaporative methodology and its patented microporous membrane heat exchange process uses less than one-fourth of the water needed for cooling and 20% to 30% less power compared to traditional cooling tower configurations. Nortek Data Center Cooling has deployed more than 500 StatePoint units, cooling more than 1 million square feet of IT equipment in hyperscale and colocation data centers globally.

“Employing StatePoint technology is integral to Digital Edge’s sustainability goals,” said Jay Park, chief development officer, Digital Edge, and a former vice president of data center design engineering at Facebook.

Park oversaw Facebook’s 11-story, 1.8-million-square-foot (170,000-square meter) hyperscale facility in Singapore, one of the world’s most advanced data centers. Park’s StatePoint technology specification helped that facility become one of the most energy efficient in Southeast Asia, despite its hot, humid location. 

The Manila facility’s projected energy and water efficiency is unprecedented for its hot, humid climate and is projected at an annualized PUE of less than 1.193 and WUE of 1.355 for the optimal operating temperature, according to Park. 

“These are industry-leading numbers,” said Park, “that will enable us to seek LEED Gold certification, EDGE certification and help us participate as an early pilot partner for BERDE [Philippines Local Green Building Certification].”

“We are thrilled to partner with Digital Edge in their vision to build highly efficient and sustainable digital ecosystems,” said Jon Peacock, president of Nortek Data Center Cooling. “The unique, state of the art, StatePoint technology supports aggressive power and water efficiency goals. The partnership in Manila further expands our Asian data center footprint and our regional support organization.”