Eco project saves NHS trust £112,650 and reduces carbon emissions by 505 tonnes

Server room revamp unveiled at Conquest Hospital, part of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

The new upgraded server room at Conquest Hospital, part of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, was opened last week by The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd.

Designed and built by Comms Room Services, the new facility is at the cutting edge of energy-efficient solutions for data centres, delivering huge savings on hospital running costs.

Speaking at the opening, Rudd said: “It’s great to hear that the sum of £112,000 will be saved over five years. That could be spent on two or three salaries or investment in the hospital. It could be a really important part of helping people with patient care.”

Benefits include the hospital achieving a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) score of 1.04 as well as providing a stable power environment, and separation of cold and hot airflows, further reducing energy consumption and improving server reliability.

The server room also has a raised floor, enabling maximum throughput of air into the cold aisle and eliminating hot spots.

Among the energy-efficient technologies installed are LED lighting with passive infrared sensor operation and a Coolvap cooling solution.

Andy Bissenden from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “One of the things we looked at was return on investment. The evaporative cooling solution gave us a payback of five years on this site on design, but taking in consideration the shutting of our Eastbourne data centre, and the additional space we got through the design, it has enabled us to reduce this to three years.”

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