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first_imgIf you’re not familiar with it, 60 Hudson Street is a lower Manhattan landmark. The giant building takes up a square block in TriBeCa, towering over the surrounding buildings. While the former Western Union Building would be interesting simply due to its history and sheer size, it is notable for another reason: 60 Hudson is a major internet hub, a “a premier nexus of worldwide communications” according to Wikipedia. Companies like zColo are there because of its Manhattan location, proximity to other major internet hubs, and its incredible amenities, including 24/7 security, N+1 cooling redundancy, and, of course, serious backup power.While walking by 60 Hudson this past weekend I noticed a giant crane on Worth Street (the building’s north side). The street was closed and it was clear the crane was delivering some new gear to the building. Among the hardware being delivered was the massive Cummins generator you see above. Now, I don’t know a lot about secondary power solutions for world-class datacenters, but that looks a lot like the Cummins DQKAA. The DQKAA is powered by a 16-cylinder Cummins QSK60 series engine and provides 1750kW when operating at 60Hz. The monstrous turbo-charged diesel power plant has 60.2 liters of displacement, so don’t think this is just a big truck engine. It weighs 34,000 pounds and uses 250 gallons of fuel an hour.60 Hudson’s site notes that the building has two 800 kW generators and a 6000 gallon backup fuel tank. I didn’t see any generators being removed from the building, so it’s not clear if the existing units were being replaced with a bigger generator or if the backup solution was simply being augmented due to growing power demands. It’s quite possible that their Flash-based site is outdated as well.It’s worth understanding that the power situation at 60 Hudson is quite complex. Data Center Knowledge, the go-to site for information like this, noted that the building has multiple 3-megawatt generators in the sub-basement, where this unit was probably headed. Seeing the generator lifted onto the roof would be much, much cooler than seeing it disassembled and brought into the basement piece by piece, but the latter is the more likely scenario.The awesomeness didn’t end at the generator, there was also a massive crane on hand. It was a Liebherr mobile crane. I haven’t been able to figure out which model it was but we can see that it has eight axles and that it has a telescoping boom and a lattice jib. 60 Hudson is 23 stories tall and one of the pictures shows the crane lifting to about the 16th story, so we know the crane can lift to at least 160 feet, probably a good deal more.Also being delivered to 60 Hudson were giant cooling fans, which were much less impressive than the generator or crane. They were going to the roof of the building (see the gallery below).That’s all for now — the installation was going slowly so I didn’t get to see too much happen. It was pretty awesome getting to see that hardware being delivered and then watching the crane in action. The fact that this was all taking place in downtown Manhattan as I was walking around over the weekend made it that much more interesting.60 hudson – – Cummins60 hudson – – Cummins60 hudson – – cooling60 hudson – – crane lifting60 hudson – – crane 00260 hudson – – crane base60 hudson – – crane 00160 hudson – generator deliverylast_img read more