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Citigroup Partners with NYSERDA for FlexTech Project

Citigroup Partners with NYSERDA for FlexTech Project
August 15
12:38 2017

Citigroup Utilizes the Virtual Facility (VF) to Improve Data Center’s Efficiency 

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Citigroup has partnered with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to improve component and system-level efficiency in their space-tapped 40,000 ft2, 1986 legacy data center. By receiving funding from NYSERDA’s FlexTech program, Citigroup has decided to utilize the Virtual Facility (VF), an engineering simulation tool offered in the 6SigmaDCX software suite by Future Facilities.

The intention for this project was to reach cost savings by reducing the energy consumption of their HVAC. First, Citigroup had to assure 100% IT Thermal Conformance and 100% IT Thermal Resilience for their assets. The VF allowed Citigroup to pursue remediation with full visibility into the immediate impact on IT thermal compliance. The visibility will allow Citigroup to safely continue with their IT growth plan.

Post-remediation, the data center secured 100% Thermal Conformance and Resilience, thus meeting Citigroup’s objectives. The PUEr score was improved to be within 1% of The Green Grid’s suggested range of compliance, and additional HVAC system savings were unlocked for facility cooling loads beyond the data center. Significant energy savings were made achievable without risk to the facility’s Thermal Conformance or Resilience.

Citigroup’s economic analysis estimated that the facility’s remediation efforts resulted in over $290,000 in potential annual energy savings. With an estimated total cost of $28,500 for the remediation plan, the project is predicted to see an ROI in 6 months (not including FlexTech funding) after implementation.

Citigroup plans to apply 6SigmaDCX and utilize VF models across their data center portfolio. The software’s integrations with a wide range of asset management and DCIM tools will expedite this process, allowing Citigroup to utilize their existing data for faster VF model building and calibration. They can then rely on engineering simulation to optimize cooling performance and realize further cost and energy savings throughout their global facilities.

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