Data Centres

Next generation fire suppression ensures protection and continuity of data centres

The high levels of power used and subsequent heat generated in server systems are the principle causes of fire in data centres. With data centres now covering hundreds of thousands of square metres, a small fire caused by a fault in just one piece of equipment or wiring can potentially spread to cause incalculable damage to the operator’s assets and reputation.

Technological advances

Technological advances in fire suppression for data centres over the last twenty years mean that gas and chemical-based solutions developments are becoming obsolete. Amongst their disadvantages are the facts that they usually involve releasing chemicals over a wide area and require ventilation systems to be shut down to remove oxygen. Electrical supply often has to be cut and clean-up operations take time. Staff safety, damage limitation and the amount of downtime are all major disadvantages with these traditional solutions.

More and more data centres have therefore been turning to high-pressure water mist solutions. These systems comprise a tailor-made network of nozzles, which release micro-fine particles of water exactly at the point of the incident. While the localised fire is quickly extinguished, the remainder of the data centre’s operations and equipment remain unaffected and can be kept up and running.  The solution is completely harmless to staff and equipment and, as only minute amounts of water are used, is quick to clean up.

 

High pressure water mist fire suppression - how it works

The key benefit of high-pressure water mist fire suppression solutions are the extremely low levels of water used. Using a high-pressure pump, clean water is forced through a specially designed, tested network of stainless steel pipework and nozzles at 100bar. The microfine water droplets emitted have sizes ranging from 50 to 200 µm. They quickly vaporise to cool and extinguish the fire, by displacing the oxygen around the fire zone. With this localised response, only the nozzle at the affected point is triggered and hardly any trace of water remains after activation. The area does not need to be sealed in the same way that a gas suppression system requires and ventilation does not need to be turned off. Energy supply and business operations can continue as usual.

Proven experience in data centres

UK-based fire suppression expert, Fireworks, began pioneering high-pressure water mist solutions for data centres over two decades ago. In partnership with Danfoss, supplier of Sem-Safe high-pressure water mist equipment, they have successfully designed and installed systems in several major data centres.

 “Fireworks was the first company to install high-pressure water mist solutions for data centres in the UK” said Derek Killaspy, Managing Director of Fireworks. “Moreover, major data centres around the world have put their confidence in the Danfoss SEM-SAFE® systems that we work with. Each year on our exhibition stand with Danfoss at Data Centre World, we are continuing to see even more interest for our solutions.”

Scalable

• The modular design of the SEM-SAFE® system makes it easy to extend to cover more sections as your data centre gradually expands
• The complete building can be protected with only one pump unit

For more information on the benefits of high pressure watermist over gaseous systems please read the following article form Barry Elliott.

https://thestack.com/data-centre/2016/12/07/gas-vs-high-pressure-water-mist-in-data-centre-fire-suppression-what-are-the-realities/

The Best Fire Suppression for Data Centres

ONE SINGLE FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM
FOR DATA CENTRES

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Transformer Rooms
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Generator Spaces
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Data Halls
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Suspended Ceiling
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Switchgear Rooms
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Battery Rooms
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Office Areas
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Technical Rooms
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Water Mist Pump Rooms
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Data Rooms
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Auditoriums
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Reception Areas
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Conference Rooms-
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Dining Rooms
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Kitchens
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Storage Rooms

See you at Data Centre World 2019

Be our guest and join us at Data Centre World next month at London's Excel.

FREE VIP Tickets

WHATEVER LEVEL OF DATA CENTRE YOU RUN, THERE'S ONE WAY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RUN IT BETTER AND THAT'S TO BE AT DATA CENTRE WORLD.

Data Centre World brings together the world's leading minds, from industry leaders & practitioners to share their extensive wisdom and discuss the latest topics and concerns surrounding the data centre industry. Join us on 12 - 13 March 2019 at ExCeL, London..

As a VIP you have access to the following benefits along with refreshments during the event on our stand:

Fast track access through registration,

Dedicated VIP registration desks – to avoid any queues

Front row seating in all conference theatres

Access to an exclusive VIP lounge with premium refreshments

Opportunity to network with senior decision makers 

Simply CLICK the link below to register for the event. 

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For more information on how we can protect your data centre from the risk of fire contact our data centre specialists on 0207 205 5793 or email enquiries@fireworks-ltd.com

 

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