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Construction Specialties’ (CS) rain defence louvres are providing airflow and maximum rain defence for one of the largest data centres in Europe.

Following a successful acquisition of Hydrokraft AS in 2022, Arkon Energy has started the development of additional infrastructure, aiming to harness the facility’s total capacity potential. Located in Glomfjord, Norway, the centre runs entirely on eco-friendly, economical hydroelectric power.

The focal point of the project was the implementation of a rain defence louvre system that would not only provide efficient intake airflow but also withstand the significant wind load requirements typical of this region. The louvre system had to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, blending well with the existing envelope design. An additional consideration was selecting a finish that would ensure longevity without impacting cost or lead times.

After a thorough consultation process, the RSH-5700 horizontal bladed rain defence louvre from CS’ architectural range was selected. This model offered the ideal balance of performance (class A 3 up to 3.5 m/s), cost-effectiveness, and visual appeal for customer’s requirements. The final finish choice was a standard polyester powder coat in matt RAL 7035, closely matching the facility’s cladding panels. The finish was warranted for 20-years (subject to a regular maintenance schedule), following an assessment based on site’s location.

The modular nature of the RSH-5700 louvre system facilitated ease of installation, a crucial factor given the project’s scale and location. Its robust design ensured durability and longevity, vital in a region prone to high wind loads. Installed at the building’s front, the system covers approximately 580m2, serving as the primary airflow intake. This solution effectively met the dual challenge of high-level performance and architectural integrity.

For further project information visit: https://www.c-sgroup.co.uk/blog/arkon-energy-data-centre-glomfjord-norway/

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