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Silver Bullet to Head to Las Vegas for the Data Center World – Global Conference

Silver Bullet LogoRight now, executives across the IT industry are looking for ways to reduce water and energy consumption as well as introduce environmental practices into corporate data center operations.  This will be one of the key topics discussed at the AFCOM Data Center World – Global Conference in Las Vegas, NV, taking place April 28 – May 2, 2014.

As the largest educational conference and data center expo in the industry, AFCOM Data Center World will provide viable solutions for meeting the most pressing data center challenges facing IT managers.  It is a comprehensive, vendor-neutral environment that will grant opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and direct access to the top service providers available.

Exhibiting at the conference to offer its expertise on the subject at booth #1435 will be Silver Bullet, a leading provider of cutting-edge data center water treatment technology.  Silver Bullet’s Water Treatment System enables data center operators to realize substantial savings across electricity, water, labor and maintenance by dramatically reducing water usage and increasing electrical efficiency.  Leveraging a unique, innovative commercial technology to condition water without the use of toxic chemicals, customers can prevent buildup, corrosion and bacterial growth within data center cooling water towers while simultaneously reducing water cycles.

Water Treatment and LEED Certification

Silver BulletThese days, everyone is concerned about going green to create a sustainable work environment.  While the movement’s roots lie in large commercial buildings and residential dwellings, the trend is quickly spreading throughout the data center industry.  One organization that helps businesses facilitate environmentally friendly business practices is the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  Through its comprehensive, points-based LEED certification system, data center owners can claim both resource efficiency and environmental responsibility as part of their operational practices.

As important as the LEED certification process is, however, there is one thing it does not require: safe water, typically recycled for cooling purposes.  Water treatment is a crucial step of the LEED process that often gets overlooked. Fortunately, there is a solution that can help data centers become LEED certified while ensuring safe water recycling.  It’s called the Silver Bullet System.

Lerner Enterprises: Cleaning Up with the Silver Bullet Solution

As one of the largest private real estate developers in Washington, D.C., Lerner Enterprises is no stranger to aggregating information and storing it in its large data centers.  But Lerner was facing some common problems experienced by many large organizations: data centers are expensive and are an environmental burden.

In fact, they often use as many resources as a small city—one of the most widely used operational elements being water.  Water is used in data centers to combat the excessive amount of heat that is generated from servers that are constantly in use.  Surprisingly, a single data center can use upwards of 360,000 gallons of water every day.  This water, which is stored in cooling towers, must be treated in order to prevent corrosion, scaling and the formation of mineral deposits.  If left untreated, dangerous microorganisms can also grow that can be harmful to humans.

The Silver Bullet Solution

SBlogoLerner wanted to do its part to promote eco-friendly data centers without going bankrupt in the process.  Since water plays an integral role in ensuring system uptime, the development company needed to find an affordable cleansing solution.

As a solution, Lerner implemented the Silver Bullet Water Treatment Solution, an electro-chemical system that conditions water to disinfect and de-alkalize the liquid.  The water treatment technology has been found to remove 99.8 percent of bacteria in cooling towers, as well as the growth of Legionella, which causes Legionnaire’s disease.

The Results

After only 16 months of use, Lerner saved enough water to fill more than 75 Olympic-sized swimming pools.  Silver Bullet’s water treatment technology is installed in 19 Lerner data centers across the country, saving the company more than 1,000 megawatt hours of electricity as well as more than one million gallons of water annually.  Additionally, the company is able to realize substantial cost savings across manual labor, significantly reducing the time that it would otherwise have to spend cleansing its data centers.

For more information on how the Silver Bullet technology plan brought efficiencies to Lerner, and to see how it can benefit your organization, visit www.silverbulletcorp.com.

Data Centers & Top Commercial Properties Go Green with Silver Bullet

Silver Bullet Cooling Tower

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 9.02.33 AMIn the Washington, D.C. area, the legendary Willard InterContinental Hotel and top D.C. property developers Lerner Enterprises, Carr Properties and WC Smith, have partnered with Silver Bullet, a cutting-edge water treatment company, to introduce a commercially available system that dramatically increases building sustainability by cutting water, electricity and toxic chemical use in commercial buildings and data centers across the District.

Sustainability has gained a lot of momentum.  In D.C., Mayor Gray established the Sustainable D.C. initiative and the federal government enacted Executive Order 13514, an integrated strategy towards sustainability and a clean energy economy.  With these incentives and new ability to save on building operating costs, many commercial properties, particularly data centers, have jumped on the sustainability and clean energy bandwagon.   Silver Bullet’s innovative water treatment system helps these enterprises save on time, energy and money.

The Silver Bullet system provides a safe and highly efficient treatment that serves as a biocide that reduces and eliminates scaling and significantly reduces corrosion, while increasing energy efficiency and reducing water consumption.   Up to half of a building’s water use is from cooling towers, which provide cooled water for air-conditioning, manufacturing and electric power generation.  Significantly more water is used by data centers.  A typical 15 megawatt data center could use up to 360,000 gallons of water a day keeping all those servers and equipment cool enough to operate effectively.  By targeting this component of building and data center infrastructure for efficiency with Silver Bullet’s water treatment system, facility owners can immediately realize significant savings in electricity, water, labor and maintenance, while meeting corporate and government-directed sustainability goals, and saving money.

For Lerner Enterprises, one of the largest private real-estate developers in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, Silver Bullet estimated that water to fill more than 75 Olympic sized swimming pools was saved since installing the first system in 2011.  Silver Bullet systems are currently installed at 19 of Lerner’s properties, and that number continues to grow.  Lerner expects to save millions of gallons of water and tens of thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity, allowing for a decrease of overall operating costs and an increase in the sustainability of their properties without any investment of capital.

Silver Bullet estimates for the historic Willard InterContinental that nearly half a million gallons of water and 14,000 megawatt hours of electricity were saved since installation.  The company estimates that WC Smith has saved more than eight million gallons of water and 140,000 megawatt hours of electricity at its 298,000 square foot Federal Gateway office building since installing Silver Bullet in August of 2011. Silver Bullet is also helping the Department of Defense meet its sustainability goals. Its system at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), located in the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is saving over 1,000 megawatt hours of electricity and over one million gallons of water per year.

If Silver Bullet’s technology were installed on 20,000 cooling towers, just one percent of the commercial cooling towers in the United States, water savings could top 10 billion gallons a year and reduce electricity consumption by more than 1,200 megawatts of power.

Silver Bullet’s goal is to save customers water and energy, and reduce their operating costs while eliminating the use of toxic chemicals.  Silver Bullet was recognized with the 2012 Best Venture award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for its cost- effective and environmentally responsible water treatment solution.

For more information, visit http://www.silverbulletcorp.com/.