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BCS IT Industry Award 2008

9 September 2008

BCS IT Industry Award 2008 Finalist Logo

The ARCCA Datacentre, nominated by Comtec for a BCS IT Industry award in the BP Environment Category, has successfully made it to the final. Cardiff is one of only two University-led projects which have been shortlisted to the finalist stage, confirming the University's commitment to the Green IT agenda. 

The size of the project and the environmental impact of the design (energy efficient and environmentally sustainable), meant the Datacentre used technology that previously had never been deployed in the UK, utilising some of the most advanced technology available.  

Environmental considerations for the Datacentre were central from the outset, meaning energy efficient solutions from APC and Comtec had to underpin the design, utilising technology such as the Carbon Trust Technology List compliant chillers. Comtec recommended purpose-designed free-cooling chillers capable of providing low energy consumption, resulting in the room requiring mechanical cooling for approximately 38% of the year, typically saving around 35% of the energy consumed by a conventional air cooled liquid chiller. Cardiff's commitment to the Green-IT agenda resulted in Comtec nominating ARCCA for this award. 

The BCS IT Industry Awards, supported by Intellect and NCC, are the leading hallmark of success amongst practitioners today. The cross industry awards form a central element to the BCS' professionalism in IT initiative and recognise, promote and acclaim excellence, professionalism, innovation and the outstanding achievements to which individuals and groups contribute.

David Clarke, BCS chief executive, commented: "In the current economic situation it is rewarding to see that IT is continuing to lead through innovation and deliver real business benefits. These projects reflect the fact that technology is an integral and expected part of everyday life and is at the heart of literally every business - even farming."

John Higgins, Director General at Intellect and NCC, added: "Intellect is delighted to be involved with the BCS IT Industry awards again. Information communication technology improves organisations' competitiveness and productivity, and helps them meet the needs of their customers more effectively. These awards recognise those technology suppliers, individuals and organisations which do this best. The quality of entries is once again very high and I do not envy the judges their task of identifying the winners - its's going to be a difficult job."