Are Rittal Cooling Units & Chillers Affected by the F-Gas Regulation?

The introduction of EU regulation number 517/2014 (F-Gas Regulation) concerning the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases, which was published on January 1, 2015, has raised the question as to which cooling units and chillers can continue to be used after 2020.

The regulation includes details of banned uses for cooling and air-conditioning plant, as well as stipulations regarding their service and maintenance.

Rittal’s enclosure cooling units and chillers are not affected by the use bans. They have a hermetically sealed refrigerant circuit and the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of the refrigerants used in them (R134a, R410a and R407c) is less than 2,500. Leak inspections are not a legal requirement for equipment classified as hermetically sealed with a refrigerant quantity of less than 10 tons CO2 equivalent, which is the case for all Rittal enclosure cooling units.

It’s important to consider the GWP over the entire life cycle of the cooling solution and so high energy efficiency is as crucial as the type and quantity of refrigerant used. The reduction of direct emissions from an alternative refrigerant must not be offset by an increase in indirect emissions from higher energy consumption. Rittal’s Blue e+ cooling units are not affected by the use bans and also not subject to a legally demanded leak inspection, plus they deliver energy savings of up to 75 per cent.

The regular service and maintenance of any cooling solution is fundamental to prolonging its service life and ensuring its efficient operation. This is essential as only reliable enclosure climate control ensures electronic components are protected from overheating, helping processes run smoothly and safely.

Contact Service at Rittal to find out how we can help you protect your investments with a service agreement tailored to your specific needs.

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Rittal’s RiMatrix Containerised Data Centre Delivers Turn-Key Solution for Envision AESC UK

Envision AESC UK required a new data centre to support its newly acquired office and production site at their newly acquired Sunderland site.

While there was a requirement for additional rack space, the primary driver was space and location. The client chose to relocate an internally based data centre (potentially consuming office or warehouse room), placing it instead externally.

Rittal was able to provide a solution consistent with the previous system, in terms of both design and technology.

Rittal engineers specified the RiMatrix S, a containerised data centre with a pre-configured design, which meant that no additional design input was required by the customer.

Within the RiMatrix S, Rittal supplied 6 x server racks, 1 x networking rack, a fan-based cooling supply, an ABB UPS, a distribution board, fire suppression and 2 x free-cooling chillers.

Rittal partnered with an M&E partner to manage the installation, meaning that Envision AESC received a wholly managed, turn-key solution.

The result is a complete data centre with a small site footprint, with no need for any building work on-site.

Envision AESC UK’s Andy Dixon commented “Rittal’s ability to deliver a turn-key solution using a standardised product was a major consideration for us. We are very impressed with the quality of the RiMatrix S product and the associated chiller units. The solution has provided us with the environment we needed to host our critical IT infrastructure’.

Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd and Facebook @RittalLimited.