The EdgeCool 5 Series transforms server racks into portable, energy-saving server rooms. The revolutionary split system air conditioner is designed for self-contained operation within any rack. EdgeCool units require no additional floor space and works with most new or existing server racks. EdgeCool brings data center cooling efficiencies directly to the rack level with its patented, powerful design that cools 4 kW of sensible heat load per rack while operating on standard 115 VAC power.
The evaporator unit installs in the bottom of a rack, occupying only 8U of valuable rack space while delivering cold air in front of overheated IT equipment. Inherent to its design, the evaporator separates the cold air from the warm air within the rack. EdgeCool ensures the coldest air is delivered directly to overheated circuits, while the warmest air is routed back to the air conditioner. A variable-speed fan adjusts to match the heat load inside the rack. This intuitive technology creates steady, cool temperatures and assures reliability to the network. Furthermore, Edgecool’s cooling reach can grow as well. The adaptable evaporator can expand its cooling envelope to three server racks. By opening up its side grilles it can direct cold air to equipment in adjacent racks.
The condenser unit’s role is to transfer heat from inside the rack safely away from the sensitive electronic equipment. There’s great flexibility on where the condenser unit can be installed, which provides end users with countless options when converting their existing standard rack, into a portable server room. To maximize portability of the air conditioned rack, the condenser unit can be installed inside rack. However, to maximize the space inside the rack for IT equipment, the condenser unit can be installed on top of the rack or nearby inside the room or building. The condenser’s airflow intake and exhaust are positioned at the top of the unit allowing for direct-to-ceiling ducting. Not only is this efficient, it also provides an unobstructed work area around the server rack for accessibility and ease when servicing the network.
EdgeCool is designed to cool mission critical equipment in any standard 19-inch server rack with little or no costly modifications to the rack. This allows end users to strategically place their important data centers almost anywhere. EdgeCool can be used as a primary air conditioner in small to medium data center settings or added to data centers of all sizes for supplemental or redundancy cooling purposes. Small data centers can be difficult to cool, oftentimes in remote locations throughout the building (think converted coat closet or small storage room). EdgeCool uses no additional floorspace, and it's minimal 8U of rack space design makes it an appropriate choice for any type of small data centers. Additionally, EdgeCool air conditioners are not lease-hold improvements, so end-users can take their cooling investment with them when moving to a new location.
Edge computing is a decentralized data center approach that brings computation and data storage closer to the sources of data. Edge computing improves latency response times, saves bandwidth, and helps meet regional data regulations. As its name suggests, EdgeCool is the perfect solution for micro data centers used in edge computing. EdgeCool’s flexibility allows micro data centers to be used in almost any environment without compromising cooling efficiency, physical security, and dependability. Edge computing is commonly used in a wide array of industries: health care, retail, manufacturing, construction, transportation, agriculture, and energy.
EdgeCool excels in the nontraditional data center space located on manufacturing and warehouse floors. The advent of high-tech manufacturing equipment on the production floor or automation equipment in high-volume fulfillment centers processing ecommerce orders, all require sensitive network equipment to be located in harsh environments. Protecting equipment from high temperatures and contaminants is simple by pairing an EdgeCool air conditioner with the appropriate National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)-rated industrial enclosure, eliminating the need for a data center all together.
The EdgeCool rackmount air conditioner was jointly developed by Denso and TechniCool Innovations Inc. (TCI). Both Denso and TCI have spent decades studying the evolving needs of IT and data center cooling. Denso is a world-renowned automotive supplier and manufactures the MovinCool line of portable air conditioners. Known for their uncompromising quality, MovinCool is a manufacturer of spot cooling solutions. For decades, IT administrators have relied on MovinCool for their data centers year-round or in emergencies, when the primary air conditioners have failed. TCI is an innovative engineering company that has specialized in the rackmount air conditioning market for more than 18 years. TCI has spent decades creating cooling solutions for data centers large and small. Watching the market grow and evolve, TCI developed a unique expertise in design and market requirements for a successful rackmount air conditioner. Out of this partnership, EdgeCool was spawned to bring high-efficiency data center cooling down to the rack level resulting in mass adoption rates across the small data center market.
Denso and TCI also partnered with other rack manufacturers to learn from the experts how to best integrate the EdgeCool air conditioner into their racks. One advantage of the split system design is to simplify the installation without interrupting the network. Edgecool can be easily installed to an existing, overheated rack, working around network equipment while keeping maintenance and servicing straightforward. EdgeCool is designed in accordance with the industry standard for 19-inch racks (EIA 310) to work with any rack manufacturer with little or no rack modifications required. Working closely with different rack manufacturers enabled Denso and TCI to design EdgeCool to effectively adapt to the subtle design differences that are inherent to the most popular brands on the market.
The EdgeCool rackmount air conditioner has a one-of-a-kind split system design for the condenser unit to be mounted within the rack itself providing end users with portability. Mounting the condenser unit in the rack also lowers installation costs when compared to other split system air conditioners that locate the condenser unit outside the building. Running power outside a building for the condenser unit drastically increases the cost of installation. Making openings in exterior building walls and roofs are costly as well and can lead to future leaks from outside elements. Furthermore, locating condenser units outside of buildings can reduce reliability and life of the air conditioning system due to extreme weather conditions. It is ironic when data centers overheat in middle of winter, when outside temperatures are below zero. A condenser surrounded with snow struggles to operate properly.
Finally, the split system design increases cooling efficiencies exponentially compared to a similar “packaged” rack mount air conditioner. The split system design lends itself to a closed-looped cooling cycle, where the internal rack air is recirculated inside the rack. This method of cooling is similar to a refrigerator; therefore, no energy is wasted on unnecessarily cooling the room.
The EdgeCool’s innovative design is backed by two utility U.S. patents. The first patent protects the integration of the condenser unit within the server rack, and how it transfers the internal heat away from the rack. The patented ducting method provides a simple and low-cost installation, and lends itself to accommodate most enclosed spaces. As a result of the condenser unit being installed within the rack, the EdgeCool is uniquely equipped with a powerful condenser fan capable of handling 1.0 IWG of static pressure for long duct runs to remove the heat being produced by the equipment inside the rack. The second patent pertains to the option of having a high efficient economizer that eliminates mechanical cooling during the winter months. Similar to the “free cooling” concept that is a common practice for large data centers, the patented economizer offers the benefits of free cooling to an individual rack.
EdgeCool will change the mission critical industry by dramatically increasing cooling efficiency within small data centers while simultaneously expanding the definition of a data center. No longer will the data center be confined to four walls of a climate-controlled room. Small data centers across the United States consume 50% of the total energy used in all data centers, and are known to be highly inefficient when compared to larger data centers. In small data centers, the cooling can consume half of the total energy used and, therefore, can see great cost reductions by improving the cooling efficiency. EdgeCool unlocks the door to high-efficiency cooling for small data centers. New and existing data centers now have cutting-edge green cooling technology that previously was only available to large data centers. Furthermore, EdgeCool will provide edge computing with an environment-friendly cooling platform that will allow for rapid expansion of micro data centers that will support the next generation of technology.
The overwhelming success of the EdgeCool definitely lends itself to the development of other models. Denso and TCI have plans to roll out a 7- kW cooling capacity model, EdgeCool 7 Series, that will operate on 208-230 VAC power. The EdgeCool 7 Series is intended for server racks with higher heat load densities. Additionally, the EdgeCool 7 Series will pair well with small data centers with multiple racks totaling 7-kW heat loads or below. All EdgeCool units will feature side grilles that allow for one unit to cool multiple racks. Edgecool recognizes that data centers come in all shapes and sizes, therefore so will the revolutionary rackmount EdgeCool air conditioners.
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