Improving the environmental impact of data centers by tackling water consumption
11 April, 2017

16:00 CET / 15:00 GMT

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Join The Green Grid in a virtual roundtable to discuss a collaborative approach to reduce water and chemical consumption in the data center by 90%, helping improve environmental sustainability and provide a greener ecosystem.

As data center operations continue to increase in the face of rising new technologies, it comes as no surprise that the average facility consumes water equivalent to an Olympic sized pool every two days to help power the data center. While water consumption has become a regular by-product of both cooling sites and the electricity generation for data centers, reducing water usage and the chemicals present within water represents a key challenge.

According to The Green Grid’s own research in October 2015, with only 27% of data center organizations using the Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) metric, is there enough visibility of water consumption? Are you aware of how much water your data center consumes? Or are current assessments for water usage unable to meet modern-day requirements? We want to hear from you!

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Speakers 

Arjan Westerhoff

Data Centre Manager, Schuberg Philis

Arjan has worked in the data center industry for more than a decade and is currently responsible for ensuring 100% availability and efficiency of the Schuberg Philis data center. During his job at Schuberg Philis he was responsible for a cooling optimization project using Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES)  in combination with cooling towers resulting in a 86% energy saving on the cooling of the data center. Arjan was also responsible for a water saving project

Since 2013 Arjan is an "Accredited Tier Specialist"​ from the Uptime Institute, having knowledge about tier classification and operational sustainability. Additionaly, Arjan is a Certified Datacenter Professional (CDCP). Previously, Arjan has held data center positions at atom86 and as a board member for RenewIT.

Frans Durieux

Aqua Innovation Network

Since 1995 Frans Durieux has worked in the water industry, developing solutions for process and wastewater issues in the industrial and municipal industry. In September 2013 he started the Aqua Innovation Network with the aim to bring projects, people and idea’s together. The aim of the network is to add value to projects by synergy between all the stakeholders.

Frans’ previous experience in companies like General Electric and Veolia have helped him to value the client needs and appreciate the fact that larger companies are typically inept to the required flexibility of their clients.

Jack Pouchet

Vice President, Market Development, Vertiv

Jack works closely with major OEMs, large data center owners and operators, and leading mission critical engineering firms to help improve day-to-day business and operational efficiencies while ensuring reliability, resiliency, and availability. Jack brings over twenty years of related OEM power supply, power generation, distribution, and power product sales and marketing experience to Vertiv giving him a unique end-to-end perspective of the entire AC and DC power path.

An active member of several industry and sustainability associations including a founding partner of The Infrastructure Masons, The Green Grid, where Jack previously served as Board Member, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, Jack is frequently engaged with government agencies and NGOs in research and legislation centered on alternative / renewable energy as well as energy efficiency for data centers.

Moderator

Lance Rϋtimann

Vice President, The Green Grid

Lance Rϋtimann is Director and Vice President of The Green Grid. He is also an active participant in The Green Grid’s Government Engagement Committee and currently chairs its Program Committee, which manages the wide range of activity requests that drive content produced by members of The Green Grid. Lance is a member of the CENELEC technical committee 215 responsible for the development of the EN 50600 and also sits on the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group for Green Data Centre, as well as other European committees involved in making ICT resource efficient and sustainable.