31 Dec

IBM receives award for ‘Free Cooling’ project, saves $700,000

first_imgGlobalFoundries,IBM in Vermont has received the “Best Overall Energy Project in New England Award” from the New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. IBM was recognized for its ‘Free Cooling Project,’ which makes use of outside winter air to produce air conditioning for its semiconductor manufacturing and related operations that require cooling year-round. The process reduces IBM’s use of both electricity and water, and saves the company up to $700,000 annually.  The IBM Vermont semiconductor manufacturing and development site covers 3.5 million square feet and uses more than 400,000,000 kilowatts of electricity each year. A significant portion of that energy is required to cool the temperature of its manufacturing facility. The Free Cooling process eliminates the need to operate for up to three, 2000-ton chillers by using the cold Vermont winter air to create the chilled water for the IBM’s air conditioning system.   The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is a source for information and networking in the fields of energy management, renewable and alternative energy, power generation, energy services and sustainability. IBM Microelectronics  2.21.2012last_img

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