Gilberts delivering optimum data centre performance

  • 15 Feb 2024

With the UK seeing significant growth in data centres (10% over the next five years and already in the top three countries worldwide) Gilberts Blackpool is meeting the challenge of ensuring the sector keeps its cool.

The high heat load resulting from banks of servers means cooling is crucial. Gilberts – the UK’s leading independent air movement specialist – has a proven track record in supply of data centre ventilation.

Inside the data centre, Gilberts‘ GF Series floor grilles deliver air volumes up to 300l/sec with a jet velocity of up to 2m/sec. 

The GF grilles are available with slimline hit/miss dampers that are position lockable to give finite control over airflow from floor level without hot or cold spots. The dampers are attached to the body grilles and the grilles engineered to replace 600mm square floor tiles to simplify on-site installation and handling. Gilberts produces both standard and extra heavy duty versions, which are tested to withstand loadings up to 4.5KN.


Unit of choice

Gilberts’ GF range is so efficient, it is the ventilation unit of choice at the Data Centre World Green Data Centre showcase at ExCel, London. 

Through the facade, Gilberts’ range of factory-built and site-assembled screening louvres provide the agility to address any through-façade ventilation, balancing 50% free ventilation with weather protection. 

Its core WH Series represents a radical new departure in terms of high-performance louvres offering a simple single bank louvre assembly with outstanding weather resistance: testing in accordance with European Standard EN13030 for weather louvre performance shows the WH unit to be 99.5% effective in screening/exhaust applications and 99% effective even with face velocities of up to 1m/sec.

Gilberts can manufacture according to specific needs, including fire/smoke control and acoustic attenuation, be it factory- or site-assembled. 

Ian Rogers, Gilberts’ Sales Director, comments: “Good ventilation/cooling is critical to maintain the ambient temperature at the preferred 19 – 25 degrees Celsius without ‘hot spots’, to address the significant internal heatload generated from banks of servers, remove that heatload and preserve the relative humidity (RH) level to ensure they function at optimum consistently.

“Getting it wrong can have disastrous commercial consequences. With our advanced technical services, we can provide a full package of support and product to maintain any data centre’s ambient conditions.”


Gilberts of Blackpool,
Gilair Works,
Clifton Road,
FY4 40T

Phone: 01253 766911
Fax: 01253 767941

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