Do Data Centers and Nearby Highways Mix?

My data center resides near a highway, is it possible for fuel emissions to create problems for my data center?

highwayEmissions from cars, generators and other engines can create a wide variety of issues in a data center, including loss of server equipment and employee health issues. Problems can range from conductive hydrocarbon particles to chemical transformation into corrosive acid from the Hydrogen Sulfide to its transformation into Hydro-sulfuric Acid.

Acids created from emissions and trapped in critical areas have reactions with most metals such as copper, silver, gold and solder. This is a serious problem as three of these four metals are the primary metals used in today’s computer equipment and these reactions can result in loss of equipment and/or downtime.

There are specific tests that SET3 can provide inside data centers or other critical environments regarding different types of exposures. For example: H2S levels considered dangerous for humans are measured in PPM (parts per million), however computer equipment is much more sensitive to this corrosive gas and dangerous levels are measured in PPB (parts per billion) – which is not the level that most other normal labs test for. Our specialized testing units will provide the proper information needed and recommendations for action.

Contact SET3 if your environment is near a highway, generator, lake or other potentially contaminating environment.

About Jason Roth

Jason Roth is a nationally-recognized expert in the contamination control and critical environment consulting industry. Since 1988, he has provided consulting services and support to thousands of leading corporations in the US and overseas.

He is a member of the IEST (Institute of Environmental Science Technology), is SSTA (Southwest Safety Training Alliance) Certified, is a Certified Trainer by the Environmental Institute in Lead Abatement, is NCI (National Comfort Institute) Certified for air testing/balancing/certification, was a key speaker at Technology Day in Detroit, has presented at the Uptime Institute (for Data Center enhancements), is a regular at the Cleanrooms West Conference, is a cleanrooms protocol trainer and developer, and has published numerous well-known white-papers in the industry.