Novva Data Centers will save over 300 million gallons of water annually by using water-free cooling systems in our colocation data centers located in Utah, Colorado, and Las Vegas. On average, data centers use evaporative cooling systems to cool their servers. The evaporative cooling process can guzzle 3–5 million gallons of water per day and 30–40% of the water used in this process is eventually lost to evaporation. Novva’s waterless cooling system is much more efficient & environmentally sustainable than traditional data center cooling methods.
Using What Nature Gives Us
As server temperature climbs, sometimes to 130 degrees or above, Novva utilizes ambient desert air to cool the air in the data center hall. For a small percentage of the year, when outside temperatures demand, refrigeration is used to help pull the temperatures down in our closed-loop chiller.
Free Cool + Partial Refrigeration
Free Cool + Full Refrigeration
Novva's Water Efficiency per Month
We use free-cooling fans with no refrigeration (22–62 degrees)
We use free-cooling fans and partial refrigeration (62–87 degrees)
We use free-cooling fans and full refrigeration (87+ degrees)
Sustainable water usage saves our environment.
It is estimated that 75–90% of the data centers in the world use water as their primary method of cooling a data center. It is also estimated that between 80–90% of the water is consumed from watersheds, such as lakes and ancient aquifers. Worse yet, it is culinary water that is consumed, and what isn’t lost to evaporation, is flushed back into municipal water treatment plants.
Where environments are best for evaporation as a cooling process, they are most likely to be the locations with the least amount of water.