Commercial & Industrial

Data Center

Comprehensive Data Center efficiency Services

Verizon installed data center effficiency measures and efficient lighting systems at multiple Verizon facilities nationwide.

Over a two-year period, OpTerra identified and installed data center and electric room air flow efficiency measures as well as high-efficiency lighting systems at multiple Verizon facilities nationwide.

Verizon Data CenterAt four Verizon sites nationwide, OpTerra made improvements to electrical room air flow. At each site, three of the four existing 120-ton AAON rooftop units were running continuously, and the majority of the cold air was going directly back into the return of the units. OpTerra installed ductwork with diffusers to bring the cold supply air as close as possible to the UPS.

VFDs and fully adjustable economizer motors were installed to vary the fan speed and take advantage of free cooling at much higher outside air temperatures. This resulted in running only two units at each site and utilizing 100% free cooling below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

At eight Verizon sites nationwide, OpTerra designed and installed high-efficiency lighting systems. OpTerra upgraded the existing 4-foot T-8 industrial fixtures to 25-watt lamps with high efficiency T-8 ballasts. Occupancy sensors were installed in less-traveled areas such as offices and rest rooms. The four existing lighting quadrants in the main data center space were divided into 12 mini-zones and integrated into the central control system, allowing for more efficient and granular control.

Verizon Data Center Diagram

Billerica, MA Facility
OpTerra made several efficiency improvements to Verizon’s 100,000 sq. ft. data center in Billerica, MA. OpTerra implemented passive air flow measures such as blanking panels and open top cold aisle containment to prevent cold supply air from mixing with hot air exhausted from servers. Thermostatically controlled fan trays were installed to help pull cold air from the raised floor plenum, reducing the need for high static pressure.

A central control system with temperature sensors was installed to monitor the cold aisle, turning on backup units in the event of a thermal emergency. These air flow balancing measures allowed Verizon to shut off 37 of the 65 CRAC units operating.

OpTerra also implemented lighting and electric room air flow efficiency measures at this site. These comprehensive efficiency measures reduced Verizon Billerica’s energy use by 6.3 million kWh annually and qualified for nearly $800,000 in utility incentives, allowing Verizon Billerica a payback of under one year.