Articles Tagged: Energy Efficiency

Podcast: Boost Cooling System Performance with Containment Systems

Having Trouble? Press PLAY Podcast Here If you’re not using some type of containment system in your data center, you’re likely sacrificing about a 30 percent improvement in cooling system… Read more »

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Overhead Air Conditioning Solution Saves Floor Space and Solves Data Center Structural Challenges

All data center designs bring their own set of challenges. Sometimes the scale of the challenge is not reflected in the size of the facility; a small datacenter design and… Read more »

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Can CAD drawings and Excel spreadsheets make perfect substitutes for DCIM?

By the end of March, it will be two years since the publication of David Cappuccio’s seminal Gartner white paper “DCIM: Going beyond IT” (amended March 28th 2010). Urging data… Read more »

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Joint Support is Crucial to an Effective Partnership, and Brings Real Value to Customers

In December of last year, Schneider Electric and its partner IBM signed on the first customer for a solution that connects the Schneider Electric Andover Continuum building management system to… Read more »

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Podcast: Economizer Mode Works Wonders for Data Center Cooling – Even in Las Vegas

Most data center operators would likely be pretty happy with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.07, considering the goal is 1.0 – meaning all your power is used… Read more »

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Will modular power and cooling make traditional data center designs obsolete?

Fortune 500 companies around the world are trying to rationalize their data centers for better efficiency of scale. Some of them have approached Schneider Electric with the goal of a… Read more »

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Energy Rebates: A Sure-fire Way to Reduce the Cost of a Data Center Upgrade

How much easier would it be to justify data center infrastructure upgrades if you were told the equipment would cost 50% less?  Probably a lot easier. When it comes to… Read more »

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5 Data Center Resolutions for 2012

It’s a slam-dunk for any blogger to take advantage of the holiday season to write posts on holiday gifts and resolutions. Far be it from me to pass up this… Read more »

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Facebook Implements Innovative Ambient Air Cooling Strategy and Builds a Better Server

Facebook not only has an innovative cooling strategy for its new Prineville, Ore. data center, it’s building its own servers that consume less power and are easier to repair. Those… Read more »

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Turn to the Cloud to Realize Energy Savings

Most customers know they can reduce their energy cost by taking advantage of utility incentives to use less power during peak demand periods and by avoiding power factor charges and… Read more »

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Residential Energy Reduction Requires Changing Customer Behavior

At the core of any utility demand response (DR) or energy efficiency (EE) program is one simple fact: good results depend on changing people’s behavior. That’s a challenge, because habits… Read more »

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Putting the “smart” in HVAC will make everyone’s lives better

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is impacting all industrial applications, and HVAC is no exception. It is a new, large, and complex topic for OEMs. The technology is arriving… Read more »

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The Challenges of Older Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 2: The Costly Consequences of Aging Buildings This is the second blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands… Read more »

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COP-21: Life as We Know it Will Change

Whether you like it or not. With subsidies or not. Your life will change. Let me start telling you that an increasing part of your budget will be used to… Read more »

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The Future is Active

As the demand for energy grows and energy becomes more digitized, decentralized and decarbonized, leading companies are changing how electricity, natural gas and other resources are bought and sold, consumed… Read more »

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Unleash the Service and Energy Efficiency Benefits of Variable Speed Drives (VSD)

Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) have proliferated and are now installed in large numbers throughout various industries.  According to the MarketsandMarkets research firm, the size of the global variable speed drives… Read more »

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Is it Time to Let the X-Factor Determine Data Center Temperature?

It’s been a couple of years now since a group of experts from major server hardware vendors, wrote a paper about the “x-factor,” (PDF) which is a way to quantify… Read more »

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How Sustainability, DCIM and the Open Compute Project Present Opportunity for Colocation Providers

While my last blog post focused on some market demands and challenges that colocation providers must meet, this one will look at opportunities providers have to improve their bottom lines…. Read more »

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Four Strategies for Modernizing Aging Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 3: Four Effective Strategies for Modernization This is the third blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… Read more »

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Making the Case for Modular Data Centers

I was recently asked to participate on a panel for a podcast discussing modular data centers and, in preparation, put together a few notes on the topic. As I reviewed… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: What hurts hospitals’ energy efficiency?

In general, hospitals need electricity just as much as the doctors to operate efficiently.  Our Infographic explores energy usage in healthcare facilities.

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Energy University Tackles Data Center Reference Designs

We’ve covered the topic of data center reference designs previously on this blog, notably in this post and video from Neil Rasmussen, where he talks about the key elements and… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Partners with Caesars Entertainment on EV Charging Stations

In my last post I wrote about the recent launch of the BMW i3 electric vehicle and explained how EVs could be a catalyst for upgrading the electric grid in… Read more »

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The Internet of Things Presents Big Opportunities – and Will Require Lots of Partnerships

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Internet of Things World Forum in Barcelona, an event hosted by Cisco and sponsored by 16 of its… Read more »

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Making Your Case

Become a Venture Capitalist to Fund Your Projects We are facility people. We like nothing more than opening a panel and looking for those loose connections or programming the controller… Read more »

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What’s stopping you from increasing your data center supply temperature?

The traditional rule of thumb was always that colder data centers (between 68°F and 70°F) were important to prevent problems with servers overheating.  With older servers, that made sense.  But… Read more »

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What does it mean, technically and economically speaking, to switch from rotary to static frequency conversion?

For naval ports and vessels, shore connection solutions have been around for decades. Depending on technical specifications and/or performance requirements, port managers have to make the right choices at engineering,… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency Funds City’s Economic Development Effort

One of the first questions we ask new clients is what they want to achieve for their communities. The answers are diverse, and often energy efficiency is not at the… Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… Read more »

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