Refrigerants of the Future: Their Impact on Next Generation Data Centers
Like other sectors, suppliers of cooling equipment are responding to ongoing concerns around climate change by developing products and services that help reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For example, some cooling manufacturers have shifted their focus towards low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants or alternative refrigerants (some of which are already available in the market).
However, selecting refrigerants that are future-proofed is challenging both for suppliers and operators of critical infrastructures – such as data centers – that use cooling equipment where there is often a trade-off between the ideal GWP, flammability level, cost and efficiency.
This white paper thus provides an overview on the main global trends around new refrigerants and addresses specific issues for data center operators including technical and safety aspects of new and emerging refrigerants.