Engineering Data Centres with an Eco-Conscious Blueprint

July 11, 2024 Published by Tritech Engineering

Two Tritech case studies highlighting sustainable engineering solutions.

As Ireland targets an ambitious goal of achieving 80% renewable energy by 2030, the construction and maintenance of data centres is front and centre in this challenging task. These facilities, central to our digital economy, are significant energy consumers, and thus their design, construction, and operational strategies must align with sustainable practices. Integrating renewable energy sources directly into data centre operations, adopting energy-efficient technologies, and ensuring all new constructions are designed with sustainability in mind are crucial steps. By prioritising green building standards and renewable energy integration, data centres can not only reduce their carbon footprint but also support Ireland’s national energy goals. Data centre construction and maintenance provide an opportunity to lead the way in sustainable engineering practices and to develop robust infrastructures that underpin both technological advancement and environmental sustainability. This strategic approach will ensure that the growing data centre sector contributes positively to the country’s renewable energy landscape.

Sustainability in practice

Here are the key sustainable engineering techniques and solutions that Tritech implemented in The Elavon Data Centre project:

Phased Equipment Replacement

Strategically replaced two existing UPS units with a more efficient Schneider/APC Galaxy VS UPS unit to ensure continuous power supply with improved energy efficiency.

Installation of Modern Systems

Implemented new A/B distribution panels, branch circuits, and a modern EPO system, enhancing safety and operational reliability.

Efficient Lighting Systems

Upgraded the data hall’s lighting with energy-efficient fixtures and control systems to reduce energy consumption.

These steps ensured the data centre’s expansion met high sustainability and reliability standards while maintaining live service.

data centresBT Communications Data Centre

Similarly at the BT Communications project, the following sustainable engineering techniques and solutions were implemented:

Electrical Services

Installation of dedicated MV switchgear, MV generators, UPS, LV strings, CRACs, and AHUs for efficient mechanical cooling.

Innovative Support System

Developed a bespoke structural support system using a gripple solution to handle increased loadings from the containment system, ensuring robust infrastructure.

Collaborative Execution

Effective collaboration among all stakeholders including architects, engineers, and subcontractors to overcome challenges such as material delays and scope changes.

Extensive Installations

Laid down 35 kilometres of cable and 2.5 kilometres of 1200 ladder, along with comprehensive MV/LV main and sub-distribution systems with full backup power infrastructure, enhancing the data centre’s capacity and reliability.


These projects demonstrate how sustainable engineering practices such as integrating renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and adopting innovative technologies can lead to operationally successful and environmentally sound data centres. Tritech’s methods align with Ireland’s environmental goals, setting a benchmark for the industry.

Through these examples, Tritech shows how sustainable engineering solutions not only meet national energy goals but also establish a global standard for environmentally responsible data centre construction and operation.

Embracing these methods provides a roadmap for others in the industry, highlighting the benefits and necessity of sustainable engineering in today’s data-driven world.

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