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Hosepipes on Roofs Are Keeping UK’s Data Centers Cool

  • Spray lowers the temperature around the air conditioning unit
  • Usage happening in UK within the M25 and into the City
A pedestrian uses an umbrella to protect themselves from the sun at Canary Wharf in London on July 18.

A pedestrian uses an umbrella to protect themselves from the sun at Canary Wharf in London on July 18.

Photographer: Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg

Some UK data centers have a low-tech way to avoid meltdowns during this week’s heat wave: spraying the roof-mounted air conditioning units with water.

“Many data centers in London will have people on the roof with hoses at the moment,” said Adrian Trevelyan, After Market Director at Airedale International, which provides and maintains cooling systems for data centers.