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16 November 2017

ebm-papst UK wins PFM Partners in Facilities Technology Award

ebm-papst UK Ltd have won at the PFM Awards Partners in Facilities Technology category for their partnership on the UBS Data Centre Energy Technology Project with CBRE and Vertiv™.


Hosted by TV and Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine, the FM industry came together to celebrate the prestigious premises and facilities management awards. Following a record number of entries - with some categories receiving four times the number of entries than in previous years – a rigorous judging process has been completed.

The 2017 PFM Awards featured 17 categories, the Partners in Facilities Technology award recognised the growing importance of technology solutions that lead to greater business efficiency and technology solutions that gain business advantage. Winners were announced at a presentation ceremony at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London on Wednesday, 1st November 2017.

ebm-papst with CBRE and Vertiv™ have won the Partners in Facilities Technology award. Finalists were able to demonstrate how their partners have achieved their business, property and FM goals through Partnership, Innovation, Achievement and Sustainability.

James Cooper, Product Manager for ebm-papst UK said:

“This partnership project was an excellent example of how upgrading from AC to EC technology can impact on energy, carbon and CO2 reduction. The UBS project was a hugely successful collaboration between the three organisations and a testament to the expertise and technical skills of the project management teams.”

ebm-papst, collaborated with CBRE and Vertiv™ to review energy efficiency at three of Global Banking Group UBS’s London-based data centres. ebm-papst undertook an initial site survey to review the types of CRAC units being used and the potential solutions that were needed, along with an estimation of the payback period. The units that were in place before the project were chilled water with an optional switch to lower performance and utilised AC fan technology. In order to improve efficiency, ebm-papst recommended upgrading the equipment with EC fan technology. Based on the survey results, a trial was then agreed on a single 10UC and 14UC CRAC unit to establish actual performance and energy savings. Data was logged before the upgrade and again once the trial units were converted from AC to EC.

Since completion, significant savings have been made:

  • Energy saving - 10,657 MWh
  • Financial saving - £667,836
  • CO2 saving - 5,229 tonnes

The EC fans from ebm-papst have continued to deliver energy savings, through increased reliability, resulting in a reduced maintenance burden for CBRE and UBS.

To read the award winning case study, click here.

Hannah Morphew
Marketing and Commercial Assistant