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Dycem are delighted to announce that Carlos Mourelle, will have a guest speaking spot at the upcoming Data Centres Ireland Show.

The talk will highlight the risk of contamination and, importance of contamination control at floor level in Data Centres and how to ensure protocol is followed to avoid contamination entering critical and clean areas.

This will be the first time Dycem will participate in the Data Centres Ireland show, which is now in its seventh year.

Taking place at the RDS in Dublin, Ireland, Data Centres Ireland combines both a dedicated exhibition and multi-streamed conference, giving attendees access to the latest information, best practice, products, services and solutions.

Carlos highlightsThere is an ever growing importance to keep data centres environments dust-free and regulated to comply with ASHRAE standards.”

“Dycem is looking forward to discussing how our versatile and sustainable mats can support the risk of ESD and cross-contamination within server rooms offering a proven and efficient long term solution to an ever more critical environment.

The Data Centres Ireland show takes place over 20th and 21st of November.

For more information on Dycem Contamination Control Floor Mats, please visit

 Gas Provides Security as Renewables Struggle in the Heat

Natural gas demand for power generation hit an all-time high in June and July of 2018, with up to 90% of the country’s electricity supply generated from natural gas and an average of 70% over the months of June and July.  This was a significant year-on-year increase, compared to a generation figure of 60% for the equivalent period in summer 2017¹.  The substantial rise in the use of natural gas is attributed to the fall in renewable energy generation in June and July, when the warm weather saw renewable generation at an average of only 14%.  In July, wind generation supplied as little as 0.3% (11MW) of electricity demand, resulting in significant variation in output, with the gap filled by flexible, natural gas fired power plants.

Renewable gas² will be available on the gas network from late in 2018 and Gas Networks Ireland aims to supply 20% of Ireland’s gas from renewables by 2030. This equates to 15% of electricity generation demand or the heating requirements of up to 1,000,000 homes³.  EU reports have indicated that Ireland has the greatest potential for renewable gas deployment of any of the EU 27 countries⁴.  It is estimated that the roll out of renewable gas in Ireland will support 6,500 jobs⁵, mostly based in rural Ireland.

Ian O’Flynn, Head of Commercial Gas Networks Ireland comments:

“Gas is fundamental to guaranteeing Ireland’s electricity supply, and to delivering the power required to run our homes and businesses, even when the wind stops blowing.  Not only does gas support Ireland’s vital but intermittent renewable generation, it also ensures that the use of heavy-emitting generators such as coal-powered Moneypoint and peat stations in the midlands, is kept as low as possible. 

Ireland is now facing hugely challenging 2030 climate change targets.  The arrival of renewable gas, a direct substitute for natural gas, comes at a critical junction, delivering clean energy and security of supply for the future.  In developing this indigenous energy source, Gas Networks Ireland is not only reducing the country’s dependence on imported fuels, but is also substantially reducing CO2 emissions and providing a significant boost to the agri sector. The development of renewable gas and other sustainable solutions will require investment and support to deliver the quality of life that people expect as we progress to a low-carbon future.”

Ardmac, the leading international construction specialist, has received certification for compliance with the new ISO 45001: 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management standard, becoming one of the first companies in Europe to achieve this standard.

The ISO 45001: 2018 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, to enable organisations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill-health and improving OH&S performance, the new standard was received in addition to Ardmac’s successful recertification to ISO 9001 Quality and 18001 Environmental standards.

Ardmac operates its unique ‘Safety First’ safety program across all projects, which promotes a proactive approach to the management of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) in all workspaces. Ardmac’s Safety First ethos integrates seamlessly with the new ISO 45001 standard, which sets out effective processes for improving work safety in the workplace.

Diarmaid Magee, Director SHEQ from Ardmac commented on the accreditation; “We are delighted to achieve certification for the ISO 45001: 2018 standard. This standard complements our leadership strategy, risk management planning, participation and collaborative philosophy that we operate through our ‘Safety First’ program across all Ardmac projects. Safety is always foremost in our thinking when it comes to our people and our projects, and we are proud to be recognised for this through accreditation of this occupational health and safety standard.”

Ardmac recently celebrated 18 consecutive years recognition with RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and were finalists in the Irish Construction Industry Awards for Excellence in Safety.

Synergy Security Solutions has established itself as one of the leading national providers of managed security and related services across Ireland and Europe. Our bespoke service delivery solutions, our pool of talented and connected security professionals – linked with flexible modern working practices, have seen us develop strong long-term relationships with a prestigious and enviable portfolio of clients. In 2017 we were included in the FT’s Europe’s Fastest Growing Businesses which enhances our position as one of the market leaders in the security industry.

In recognition of Synergy’s high standards, the company has received the EQA accredited ISO 9001:2008, 14001, 18001 and 27001, PSA 28:2013 and PSA 39:2014 quality standards, the Excellence through People award, Safe Contractor status and the ISIA Qualsec Platinum Level – Quality Mark.

Rentaload continues to innovate and to develop new solutions to make data centre commissioning tests easier, faster and more accurate.

Temporary Aisle Containment

Unfortunately, commissioning tests are not always scheduled when you want it.

If server cabinets and cold or hot aisle containments are not installed, it is difficult to test cooling systems under real conditions.

So far, there have been two approaches in practice:

– a realistic test was dispensed with and the load banks were simply distributed in the room

– a temporary enclosure was built with chipboard and acrylic glass.

The results with a temporary enclosure are, of course, much more meaningful because, as in later operation, the cold air is separated from the warm air enabling the cooling system to work more efficiently.

Rentaload has now developed a temporary enclosure that can be quickly installed by our team.

The system is modular, does not require on-site cutting and is compatible with any of the rack-mountable Rentaload load banks.

On a light, self-standing metal structure plastic and acrylic glass plates are attached.

Its modular and flexible design makes it adjustable to every configuration of the empty room.

The structure can enclose the hot or the cold aisle. It can be made with a roof or reach the ceiling to create the separation of hot and cold air.

It features the possibility to insert load banks on different heights; Rentaloads floor-standing 21kW load banks or the rack-mountable 6 and 7 KW load banks.

Rentaload delivers and installs its temporary hot or cold aisle containment across all Europe.

On a light, self-standing metal structure plastic and acrylic glass plates are attached.



Temporary hot aisle containment that reaches the ceiling to create the separation of hot and cold air.

Temporary cold aisle containment with a roof








Rahi Systems continues to advance its strategy to provide end-to end IT, data center infrastructure and productivity solutions to its customers worldwide. The company has completed two strategic acquisitions and expanded its U.S. footprint with the addition of two new locations.

Rahi has acquired Thresher Communication and Productivity a leading state-of-the-art audio/visual solutions and services with this acquisition, Rahi now has 10 engineers on staff with extensive knowledge of the largest A/V technologies, and 30 field technicians capable of handling large-scale IT services projects.…Read More

Dust explosions remain an under-reported issue, but a very real concern in the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing industry.Combustible or explosive dust can be described as any finely divided particulate solid, which presents a fire or explosion hazard when dispersed in the air. The powdered and granulated ingredients which are central to pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing processes are naturally prone to creating dust, which can become airborne. Once the airborne dust is captured at its source, it must be effectively contained. This reduces the risks of a further, more devastating dust explosion, and reduces the risk of cross-contamination in sensitive products.…Read More

EkkoSense, the UK-based data centre thermal optimisation specialist, is opening up its SaaS-powered 3D visualisation and optimisation software with support for 433 MHz wireless temperature sensors. For the first time, organisations that have already installed third party wireless environmental sensors will now be able to benefit from EkkoSense’s proven thermal optimisation 3D simulation and analysis capabilities – while also benefiting from DCIM-class capacity planning and simulation functionality.

“At EkkoSense we recognise the requirement for granular levels of data centre thermal measurement, and with our ultra-low cost Critical Things family of wireless sensors, we are disrupting the traditional cost for data centre thermal management,” commented Jason Kaye, EkkoSense’s Sales Director. “However, we also acknowledge that there are many data centre operators and co-location service providers that have already invested in 433 MHz wireless sensor networks, and we want to make sure that they too can take advantage of EkkoSoft Critical’s powerful thermal optimisation capabilities.”…Read More

 Recent Studies have shown that the noise emitted by the discharge of clean agent automatic fire extinguishing systems is detrimental to the performance of enterprise hard drives and can lead to failure and possible data loss. Fire Eater FSN silencers are specifically designed for easy installation over existing nozzles and have been shown to alleviate the risks to hard disc drives (HDD) due to noise.…Read More 

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With an established foothold in the UK & IRL markets, Fire Eater has now secured premises in the UK. Conveniently located, their new office is already serving as the hub for all UK business. As a follow on to Fire Eater’s commitment to continued global development they have now established Fire Eater UK legal entity; Fire Eater have secured a premises conveniently located within easy access to the M40 corridor. The Buckinghamshire office has a dedicated team of sales, engineering, and marketing personnel who will assist Gavin Young (Country Manager UK & Ireland)..Read More

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