Sustainability

Three Strategies for Addressing the Aging Data Center Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Dilemma

Most data center managers are tasked with striking a balance between maintaining high levels of uptime and controlling both CAPEX and OPEX.  When confronted with the dilemma of aging UPS… Read more »

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Are DCIM-based Cloud Offerings a Game Changer for Data Center Management?

Commenting upon Schneider Electric’s StruxureOn cloud-based data center monitoring service, Rhonda Ascierto of 451 Research says the offering signals a new wave in facility operations, using a combination of machine… Read more »

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When it Comes to DCIM, Three is a Magic Number for StruxureWare for Data Centers

Gartner recently published its third annual Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools. Whilst the analyst is always at pains to point out that it does not endorse… Read more »

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Boost Sustainability with a Service-Based Approach to Asset Performance Management

Successful power distribution asset management is vital for all electro-sensitive and electro-intensive industries. And companies are now under more pressure than ever to manage these assets sustainably. While different industries’… Read more »

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The Benefits of the Standard StruxureOn Offer for Cloud-based Data Center Monitoring

Recently I was in London attending a trade show at which we announced our StruxureOn solution to the UK and Ireland market. StruxureOn represents a fundamental change in the way… Read more »

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How a Shoebox-Sized Device Saves Colo Data Centers 30% on Energy Bills

Good things come in small packages.  And for colocation data center operators looking to reduce costs, energy savings of up to 30% can be delivered via a new generation of… Read more »

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New Data Center Prediction and Simulation Tools Cut Costs and Boost Uptime

When it comes to managing data center operations, system administrators often prioritize uptime. Business line executives, on the other hand, accept uptime as a given and often focus on operational… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Expands Renewable Services with Acquisition of Renewable Choice Energy

Today I am very pleased to announce that Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) has acquired Renewable Choice Energy, a leading global provider of clean energy services. In ESS,… Read more »

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Making Semiconductor Production More Energy Efficient

In my last blog, I wrote about how protecting critical electrical supplies in semiconductor fabrication plants is vital to ensure continuous manufacturing operations . Quality chip manufacturing depends on a… Read more »

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Combating Downtime While Keeping Sales on the Floor

The approach to managing distributed IT environments has changed over the last decade, particularly in retail. Rather than supporting dedicated IT resources at each store location, many have put the… Read more »

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Smart Connections and Conversations on the Road at SXSW Eco and VERGE SF

Over the past few weeks, I had the privilege of attending both SXSW Eco and VERGE San Francisco, events that brought together a diverse cross-section of businesses (large and small),… Read more »

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Energy Enigma and Carbon Quagmire – Two Sides of the Same Coin?

According to International Energy Agency, the world consumed over 1500 Mtoe (Million tons of oil equivalent) of electricity in 2010 – out of which Industry used up almost 42%, Transport… Read more »

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Jeremy Rifkin Says China Can Lead the Third Industrial Revolution by Focusing on Renewable Energy

In a post a few months ago I mentioned Jeremy Rifkin, whose book “The Third Industrial Revolution” I found to be an insightful argument for how we need to move… Read more »

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Are energy efficient houses and businesses worth more? The return on investment of being Green

Energy efficient houses foreclose less, worth more A recent study investigated the connection between energy efficiency and the ability to pay a mortgage. The study found the risk of mortgage… Read more »

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GUEST POST: China at an Environmental Crossroads: Trends and Strategies – Part 2

In this guest post, we reconnect with Rosie Pidcock for an analysis of The China Greentech Report 2013. (You may want to read Part 1 if you missed it.) The… Read more »

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Should you focus on phantom power losses?

The other day I was talking to an administrator who is quite concerned about the energy waste across the college campus he manages. The example he kept going back to… Read more »

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Energy Storage: So Much More Than Just a Battery

Energy storage technology – meaning stationary batteries – has been in the news quite a bit in recent months, with CEOs of large companies making bold predictions about how the… Read more »

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Back to School… and Smart City Fundamentals

Right about now many of us (in the Northern hemisphere) have returned from our summer vacations and are getting our children ready for a new year of learning. It’s a… Read more »

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How to optimize your lab’s energy efficiency without compromising its compliance or safety

The mission of a laboratory is to conduct research, but as with any enterprise, energy efficiency affects the bottom line. Faced with the double imperative of reducing energy waste while… Read more »

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Energy Storage: A Better Solution for Reducing Demand Response Charges

As mentioned in a previous blog post, there’s been a lot of talk of late about energy storage technology and the role it promises to play in our energy future…. Read more »

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Why the Internet of Things will be at the heart of smart city transformation

The smart cities movement is absolutely trying to change our world for the better. Great visionary goals are being set at both at city and national level—like India announcing its… Read more »

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Is Your Multi-Site Facility Managed by Cloud Technology?

Welcome to the second blog of this series! In my first post, I exposed the challenges of multi-site facility management. Resources are limited, building automation controls often simple, and getting useful… Read more »

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Advice for cutting building energy consumption

Take a walk down your nearest city street and pick a building. Any building. Chances are that the building you’re looking at has a problem with its energy consumption. If… Read more »

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The good, the bad and the ugly of Energy Benchmarking

Many corporations “benchmark” their performance on everything from stock price to marketing performance to operational efficiency. Benchmark is a common term used whenever we want to compare ourselves to another… Read more »

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3 Benefits of Using Safety Embedded Drives in Industrial Machines

Machine safety in the factories has evolved in recent years. Safety components and systems are no longer installed only to satisfy the minimum requirements and laws. Today the companies have… Read more »

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How big are Power line losses?

Electricity has to be transmitted from large power plants to the consumers via extensive networks. The transmission over long distances creates power losses. The major part of the energy losses comes… Read more »

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Progress on the Solar Energy Front

After last week’s weather-themed post about how seasons change, I am prompted this week to highlight a number of sunny solar stories, led by the elevated profile of a solar-powered plane…. Read more »

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Universities studying up on building data analytics

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s higher education institutions spend $14 billion annually on energy consumption—an expense that continues to rise while their budgets shrink. Universities are… Read more »

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Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… Read more »

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I (Really Do!) Work in a Green Building

Shan Bates’ post on how a tenant could benefit from buildings systems integration struck a chord with me. It’s probably because it is what my Facilities team has been working… Read more »

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