Guidelines for Cable Facility Climate Technology Optimization (2017)

By John Dolan, Rogers Communications Inc.; Daniel Howard, Hitachi Consulting; Arnold Murphy, SCTi; Ken Nickel, Quest Controls, Inc.; Dave Smargon, AIRSYS North America

The SCTE ISBE 2020 Program identifies Edge Facilities (Class D as defined by SCTE 226) as by far the largest contributor to an MSO’s energy consumption. This is because they significantly outnumber Data Centers and Regional headends.

The focus of this paper will be on the edge facilities and it will provide insight into creating an overall guideline for facility climate technology optimization.

The main elements to be discussed for a guideline are:

  • How to manage air flow
  • How to create an energy management plan and process
  • What data to gather
  • How to develop a baseline.
  • How to consider the various cooling solutions
  • How to perform measurement and validation
  • How to pursue rebates
  • How to evaluate the return on investment
  • How to consider new or improved cooling technologies.

Following a guideline for edge facilities can reduce alarms and/or downtime, lower energy consumption and cost, improve energy efficiency, and improve the power margin. This is intended for cable operator local engineering and operations personnel, as well as corporate sustainability teams.

The paper was a team effort not only from the 5 principle authors but I would like to recognize the significant contributions from the following people: Curtis Stiles, Time Warner Cable; George Gosko, Hitachi Consulting; Supriya Dharkar, Hitachi Consulting; Jake Yu, AIRSYS North America; and Ed Kaye, AIRSYS North America.

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