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The Irish Data Centre developer Echelon Data Centers has been granted planning permission for a 100MW, 484,000sqm data centre in the Avoca River Business Park in Arklow, Co Wicklow.

Planning permission for the data centre was originally granted back in February by Wicklow Co Council, but it was subject to appeal, which has recently been dismissed by An Bord Pleanala.

This development will create 90 full-time operational roles and support 450 jobs in construction. This all forms a substantial investment by the company, which already has another €500 million site in Clondalkin in Dublin.

Echelon states that the Arklow site, when combined with the site in Clondalkin as well as “further sites we have identified”, will be in a position to offer hyperscale tenants a potential 300MW of capacity in an Irish availability zone.

They also stated that they are committed to finding “100% green and renewable solutions – wind, solar, biomass – to provide sustainable power options to all of its data centres”.

The company’s Chief Operating Officer Graeme McWilliams said the planning decision is Arklow “removes a significant uncertainty for us and clears the path to delivering a facility that will enhance Ireland’s developing datacentre offer. The centre will meet growing demand from global organisation in ecommerce, telecommunications, digital broadcasting, AI and the Internet of Things.”

For your chance to hear more from Graeme McWilliams regarding Echelon and Data Centres – register today to attend DataCentres Ireland where he is scheduled to speak at the conference.


World leading air conditioning manufacturer Airedale International, held an Open Day last week for their Data Centre customers at their multi-million pound manufacturing plant in Rawdon, Leeds.

The event, which fell in the same week as World Refrigeration Day, attracted nearly 40 guests from Europe and the UK and was hugely successful, according to Airedale’s Marketing Manager Darren Farrar.

“The event provided a rare opportunity for guests to see our world class facility first hand, see data centre equipment up close and hear directly from our experts on the latest industry innovations”, said Darren.

The day started with a welcome breakfast and overview of the company, from its humble beginnings in 1974, to the world-wide operation it is today, delivered by Sales Director Paul Oliver. The guests were then given a tour of the factory and had the opportunity to attend two seminars, one on the evolution of DC Cooling and the other on F-Gas refrigerants, delivered by Business Development Director Stuart Kay and  Research and Laboratory Manager David Wilks respectively.

Darren explained, “In the afternoon guests were invited to a guided tour of our state-of-the-art research & development facility and test chambers.  These labs are not usually open for visitors due to them being where we keep products not yet ready for market; but we wanted our visitors to see our commitment and investment in future technology”.

“Within the R&D facility, there were several prototypes on display that Airedale have not yet released to market and the clients were able to speak to the engineers directly involved in developing them”.

Darren continued, “Feedback from visitors to the Open Day was positive and it was a fabulous opportunity for us to show off our facilities, based in this beautiful part of Leeds, to customers from across Europe, some of whom had flown in specially.”


The back-up generator is the key to delivering an ‘always-on’ or critical environment for Data Centres. Fuel is stored in main tanks and then needs to be fed to day tanks at the generator when needed in an emergency. This operation must flow seamlessly, with fuel that is kept in optimum condition. The fuel will be transferred when needed to the day tank, and for this application, a reliable pumping system is required.

Positive Displacement Pumps are the best pumps for this task as they offer predictable flow and the flow rate of the fuel can be adjusted over a wide range as necessary.

Thomson Process Equipment and Engineering have been making fuel transfer pump skids for hyperscale data centres and have found that the Viking Pump Gear Pumps are the best pump suited to this task.

Thomson Process Fuel Skids (Image above)

We make units to service any type of fuel delivery. The flow rate and delivery can be increased or decreased independently of the system pressure. You can’t do that with typical centrifugal systems.

Thomson Process make bespoke skids for the application all equipped with pumps, filters, separators, inlets, outlets, control panels, pipework, and IIoT enabled if necessary. All mounted on polished stainless steel baseplates. We also offer Fuel Polishing Pump Skids to keep diesel and fuel clean from ‘diesel bugs’ and always at the ready for when it is needed.

Each series of fuel units is designed to meet the specified conditions, and the positive displacement pumps provide predictable flow even when conditions change. We work with proven brands using high quality materials. The pumps, filters, separators, inlets, outlets and control panels are all made to last. Our Products and Services meet the industry recognised cGMP. We are ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFIED.

Thomson Process Equipment & Engineering Ltd are positive displacement pump specialists based near Dublin in Ireland. We offer a wide range of stand-alone pump and complete pump systems. Our pumps and systems handle any viscosity and a large spectrum of flow rates for the most demanding applications.  We have over 30 years experience and expertise with well known and trusted pumping technologies. We work across a myriad of industries, including Oil & Gas, Pharma & Bio Pharma, Food & Beverage, Chemical, Power Generation and more.

We have been building Pump Skids for various projects for over two decades and we have honed this expertise into the delivery of high quality, efficient systems tuned to the customers exact needs. One key area of our expertise is the fuel delivery and polishing market.

For more information visit

Call us today on +353 1 275 0801 to speak to one of our engineers.

Data Centres (DCs) are predicted as being a significant user of Irish energy resources in the future.

Innovative renewable energy solutions will be required to meet this demand and minimise the need for grid reinforcement. ALG has advised on such solutions for DCs with renewable energy operators.

The Climate Action Plan 2019 (the Plan) references DCs in different contexts. These are as follows:

Electricity (Section 7 of the Plan)

A central focus of the plan is to decarbonise the electricity currently consumed in Ireland, by harnessing significant renewable energy resources. The energy resources required by DCs must be identified and addressed.

State of Play (Section 7.1, page 50 of the Plan) 

By 2027, it is estimated that DCs will account for as much as 31% of Ireland’s electricity needs. Accordingly, the 2019 Plan recognises the importance of renewable, as opposed to fossil fuel, generation capacity in helping to meet this demand.

Actions (Section 7.4, page 56 of the Plan)

The government has outlined specific actions to be taken to ensure the targets in the Plan are achieved. Looking to electricity, Action 20 provided that the Government will implement energy actions under the Government will implement energy actions under the Government Statement on the Role of Data Centres in Ireland’s Enterprise Strategy. This will ensure that large demand connections are regionally balanced to minimise the need for grid reinforcements. To achieve this action, the Annex of Actions outlines the specific steps that must be taken, which include.

a. Develop and implement flexible demand and other innovative solutions for DCs; and

b. Develop longer term measures to facilitate DCs and minimise grid reinforcement

Enterprise (Section 8 of the Plan) 

Enterprise emissions contribute significantly to the carbon inventory. Of particular concern is the correlation between emission growth and increasing economic activity, which is of relevance to DCs given their increased popularity in recent years.

State of Play (Section 8.1, page 61 of the Plan) 

In light of the predicted rapid growth in energy demand by DCs, further work will be required to align this increase with grid infrastructure plans.

Measure to Deliver Targets (Section 8.3, page 61 of the Plan) 

The Government has identified that different cohorts of enterprise operate in the economy, each of which face distinctive needs and challenges in decarbonising. Accordingly, the Government has outlined a variety of measures which will be critical to their success. One such measure is prioritising the establishment of networks in key sectors, including DCs, in order to promote industry-led sectoral plans.

Built Environment (Section 9 of the Plan) 

It is envisaged that the improvement in the energy efficiency of buildings will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. DCs have been identified as a possible contributor to this objective.

State of Play (Section 9.1, page 73 of the Plan)

The concept of district heating networks have outlined in the Plan as being an attractive form of climate mitigation. However, this would be dependent on the use of renewable sources of energy or heat which is currently wasted, such as from DCs.

To find out more about the Climate Action Plan 2019 follow the link:

Or contact A&L Goodbody:

Alison Fanagan: (consultant)

+353 (0)16492432

Jason Milne: (partner)

+353 (0) 16492250

John Dallas: (partner)

+353 (0) 16492937

Ross Moore: (partner) 

+353 (0) 16492117


The Condair ME evaporative humidifier is providing adiabatic cooling in an innovative indirect cooling system from EDPAC at the Cork Internet Exchange (CIX) in Ireland. EDPAC’s indirect air-to-air evaporative cooling system will be maintaining the temperature across CIX’s data halls without using any chillers and with 75% less energy than a traditionally cooled data centre.

The installation of the new low energy cooling system was part of a €6M extension at the family–owned 2,800sqm data centre, partly funded by the Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) programme.

The EDPAC air handling system cools without chillers by creating two airstreams; one internal and one external. The internal airstream circulates air to and from the data halls and the external airstream draws in, then vents, ambient outside air. Both airstreams pass through a series of heat exchangers to transfer cool thermal energy from the external to the internal airstream, without either physically mixing.

In order to boost the cooling capacity of the system, and keep the data halls at 24°C all year round, evaporative cooling is used to reduce the temperature of the external airstream below that of the ambient outdoor air. A series of Condair ME evaporative humidifiers are located in the walls around a penthouse ventilation area, created across the top storey of the building. As air is drawn into the building through louvres, it passes through these Condair MEs, before entering the penthouse ventilation area where the EDPAC AHUs are located.

The Condair ME consists of an evaporative matrix section, which sits across a duct, and a hydraulic module that continually pumps water up to the top of the matrix to keep it moist. As air travels through the Condair ME’s wet matrix, it absorbs water and is cooled by several degrees.

The EDPAC air handling system cools without chillers by creating two airstreams; one internal and one external.

Noel Lynch, managing director at EDPAC, comments, “By reducing the temperature of the outside air entering the penthouse ventilation area with the Condair MEs, the air being drawn into the external airstream of the air handling units is significantly cooler than the outside air. This enables the indirect cooling system to maintain the desired data hall temperature of 24°C, even in the hottest months of the year.”

Noel continues, “The complementary technologies of air-to-air heat exchange and humidifier-based evaporative cooling is a considerable improvement to existing indirect data centre cooling systems. The strategy offers very low energy climate control while being easy to manage, as it doesn’t have a wet spray section with the onerous administrative obligations that this can place on a building operator.”

Four AHU modules, each delivering up to 400kW of cooling, have been installed above the data halls at CIX, alongside four Condair ME evaporative humidifiers. While the outside Cork weather remains below 21°C, air-to-air cooling alone is sufficient to maintain the required data hall condition. When the outdoor temperature rises above this, the Condair MEs operate to provide up to 300kW of cooling to each AHU.

Donal Deering, energy consultant at Smart Power, the Dublin-based energy consultancy that worked on the project, commented, “The expected electrical demand across the year is just 12kW per 400kW AHU module, including the electrical consumption of the Condair ME evaporative humidifiers. Typical PUE values across Irish data centres is 1.5-1.7 but the use of adiabatic cooling at CIX will lower the facility’s overall PUE to less than 1.4. The energy savings are expected to be 75% of that which would otherwise be used in a traditionally cooled data centre.”

Donal concludes, “The CIX evaporative cooling project is an exciting, innovative project and credit must go to Jerry Sweeney, Chief Executive at CIX, and Noel Lynch at EDPAC for their pioneering efforts.”

The Condair Group is the world’s leading specialist in humidity control and evaporative cooling, with energy efficient, hygienic and innovative technologies for commercial, industrial and heritage applications. Condair offers system design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning, maintenance and spares.

The EDPAC air-to-air indirect cooling AHUs being constructed.


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Tel: +353 (0)91 507 120

The performance and sustainability of HVAC heat exchangers has been a subject for debate given their construction and external exposure to the elements, corrosion is inevitable, as are the subsequent losses in performance and shortened equipment life cycle.

However, these factors can be combated with the application of an effective anti-corrosion protection for the casing, the framework and the coil block. This protection not only prevents further corrosion but maintains performance, improves functional performance, reduces energy consumption [CO2], improves cleanliness and extends the serviceable life.

Approved by equipment manufacturers and supported by BSRIA studies, the patented anticorrosion treatments for heat exchanger coil blocks, contain metal particles, which support improved heat transference and therefore energy efficiency. The coatings for the casings and framework consist of a polyurethane penetrating primer and top coat.

The Protective coatings can be applied either at designated premises prior to installation or on site. There is limited down time and disruption to service, building function and building users, with payback usually less than 12 months. There are numerous detailed case studies available.

Case study of energy savings on a chiller with coated heat exchanger coil blocks

Here is an example of treated casings, framework and heat exchangers :

St Jame’s Hospital Middlesborough :

The coating company on behalf of Carillion, undertook to repair the rusted areas on the framework and coat the corroding coil blocks. As you can see from the pictures this was achieved by deep cleaning and acid washing the framework, applying a penetrating primer (Refamac 3509) and finishing with a Polyurethane top coat with specified RAL colour (Refamac 3510). The coils were coated in a wax based coating, containing bronze in the pigmentation.

Coil deep cleaned prior to coating                          Coil coated in wax based coating

Framework prior to clean and preparation              Framework with a primer base coat

Framework based in Refamac 3509                            Unit with top coat of Refamac 3510

The work was warranted for 5 years but will last considerably longer. The ROI was within 12 months in energy savings alone. The performance of the unit was brought back to where it was when installed and has maintained that performance since. The work was carried out in 2009 and the coating company goes in once a year to wash down the coils and monitor the coatings, they are still in excellent condition. As a result of this work the coating company has been engaged on other projects in the UK.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact :

Brendan O’Reilly

Blygold UK Ltd

Unit 1A Corinium Ind Estate Raans Road Amersham Buckinghamshire HP6 6YJ

P: 01895 259 346 F: 01895 259356



Energia’s investment has the potential to create up to 5,000 new jobs over the next 5 years.

Energia announced on Monday that they have plans to invest over €3 billion into renewable energy technology and infrastructure around Ireland.

This investment is set to generate up to 5,000 construction jobs over the coming years, as well as an additional 200 direct jobs at the company’s new office in Blanchardstown in Dublin.

The new investment will focus on both onshore and offshore wind farms, solar power, hydrogen fuel generations, bio energy facilities and the smart grid and energy measure including smart metres, smart appliances, renewable energy resources, and energy efficient resources.

“Our decision to invest over €3 billion in renewable technology and energy infrastructure in the coming years is a clear signal of our intent to build on our continuous commitment to Irish communities, the economy and the sustainability of Ireland’s energy supply while contributing decisively to decarbonisation and the protection of our domestic and global environment”. Stated by the CEO of Energia Group Ian Thom

The Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Burton responded to the announcement by stating:

“We are committing to generating 70% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030 under the Climate Action Plan. Decarbonising our electricity is crucial to all the changes we are making as we make the transition away from fossil fuels. The move to electric vehicles for example, will only be effective if the electricity being used has been generated from renewable sources. This investment by Energia, will boost Ireland’s capacity, with over €3 billion being invested in both onshore and offshore wind, solar, hydrogen fuel generation and bio-energy facilities”.




The Southeast Asian giant K2 Data Centres has submitted plans for two more large data centres at Ballycoolin in northwest Dublin.

According to a report in the Times, K2 is set to invest hundreds of millions of euros into this project. This will involve building two three-storey data centres of almost 29,000 sq metres each.

K2 already has a presence in Ballycoolin but wants to develop a “hyper-scale campus” in Dublin.

In order for K2 to achieve its goal, they would demolish industrial units and then build the two data centre blocks, a two-storey office building, 32 emergency generators and will also create parking for 160 cars.

K2 is still waiting for approval from the Fingal County Council. There has also been another data centre planning application submitted to the same council from US-based MIK Developments.




Environmental legislation in Ireland is principally administered and enforced in three ways:

(i) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);

(ii) by local authorities throughout Ireland and

(iii) by the courts.

The Minister for the Communications, Climate Action & Environment has an important policy setting role and the Health & Safety Authority is responsible for the enforcement of occupational health and safety law.

Many activities need both planning permission and an environmental permit. These regimes are separate.  Planning permission deals with the entitlement to construct infrastructure and use it for a particular purpose, but does not typically deal with operational requirements. Set out below are some examples of the types of licenses or permits that are relevant to data centres.

To read the full article by AL Goodbody, Click Here


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Monitoring the load on the power network and ensuring that each process is accurately costed provides clarity of operation and control of costs. Frer’s range of multifunction meters with onboard communication presents a range of tools by which the recording of energy consumed on a network can be easily, accurately and efficiently captured, costed and billed. Utilising the Frerlogger software package allows for the monitoring, protection, reporting and invoicing of the energy usage, whilst retaining all the captured data within the firewall of the IT network by being installed on a server or computer wholly owned and operated by the client.

As a European manufacturer of instrumentation, CTs, transducers, communication interfaces, digital earth leakage relays and other measuring devices, Frer can provide a range of measuring devices for AC and DC network monitoring. The QUBO series of class 2 multifunction meters, offering full network monitoring with harmonics as a standard, are available with inbuilt webservers and ethernet gateways, allowing the one unit to act as the master for up to two other Frer MODbus enabled devices. The captured data can be read via the Frerlogger software package, through which alarms and emails may be configured for critical values or irregular event notification. The package allows invoicing for the calculation and billing in sub metering applications. The FRER MID approved C70QTL range of MID meters can be used for primary metering application.

In Practice

A recent application saw the requirement for the monitoring and reporting on the power security of an outside broadcast unit. The primary distribution boards were a three-phase supply 400V 160A, which was feeding to outside broadcast transmission control desks, one as a back-up at all times. These control desks were 230V 80A loads. Both ends of the network, three-phase and single phase, had a mixture of AC and DC loads leading to a requirement of a Type B earth leakage relay for one part of the installation, to monitor the mixed AC and DC leakage on the same AC network, and for the pure AC side a Type A earth leakage relay. The installation was mobile and designed to be used globally. Thus, a remote monitoring package that required a geographical reference or GPRS modem connection would have been an unnecessary administration task each time the units were moved.

Each of the units had to be monitored remotely and energy data and the state of the earth fault protection reported back to one central computer. Using the Frerlogger package installed and wholly owned and operated by the outside broadcaster, it was possible to create a bridged wireless network to monitor the parameters, setting trip and alarm points to prevent them going off air mid broadcast.


The packaging of the Frer multifunction meters in either a DIN rail or a 72 or 96mm panel mount meter allows a client to design a system that can have the metering locally but utilises the same MODbus registry across all Frer MODbus enabled devices. Frer devices that can be added into a MODbus network includes their range of transducers for AC and DC networks, meters with relays, Earth Leakage relays and MID approved energy meters. Frer can provide other interface devices such as the MCILAN485- serial to Lan interface unit, the MCIUSB- serial to USB interface unit and IEC61850 enable meters and interface units. All these products along with measuring, high accuracy and protection CTs and VTs are manufactured in Italy offering rapid delivery, solid product support and customer focused project delivery.

All the products carried by TVR Instruments carry the relevant European safety and performance marks. The scope of our supply is to provide a quality product, promptly, at a price point that can offer security of supply and confidence to our customers that we will be there to support their route to a successful install.

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