Articles Tagged: Power Management

From Energy Enthusiast to Energy Expert

Have you ever approached a learning curve so steep it felt more like a mountain?  Whether you are a facility manager being asked to develop energy programs for the first… Read more »

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Hello, Facility Manager? This is Circuit Breaker No. 4

Look around and it’s not difficult to see the incredible impact the Internet of Things is having on our daily lives. From fitness monitors to home thermostats controlled by a… Read more »

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Power Quality Improvements for Today – And Tomorrow

As I outlined in my posts “Power Quality: Measuring to Manage” and “How Today’s Meters Make Power Quality Data Easier to Understand,” measurement and analysis are the critical first steps… Read more »

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The Evolution of Energy Management Systems: From Energy Reliability to Operational Efficiency

Not long ago I had occasion to revisit a white paper that I contributed some ideas to a good 10 years ago, titled “Powering the Digital Economy: How Energy Management… Read more »

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How Today’s Meters Make Power Quality Data Easier To Understand

Today’s power-quality metering devices can capture data on issues ranging from transients and surges to harmonics and power interruptions – but that raw data, alone, might not be useful to… Read more »

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Backup Battery Technology – Can We Park a Tesla in the Plant Room?

I was kind of excited by Elon Musk’s announcement of Tesla’s Powerwall energy storage systems. Why? Because most of what I do in my working life as a specialist in… Read more »

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Healthcare energy solutions will be a key focus at the New England Hospitals & Facilities Summit

Guest Blogger –  Warren Rosebraugh, Director, Healthcare Solution Architect, Schneider Electric Leaders in healthcare facilities management will join together later this month at the New England Hospitals & Facilities Summit in… Read more »

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Enterprise Energy and Sustainability: An Attainable Gooooaaaaal?

OK, I admit I still have Brazil and World Cup Soccer on my mind. But even with energy and sustainability being quite the rage in the era of big energy… Read more »

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How to Ensure True Redundancy in a Dual-Path Data Center Power Distribution System

In a recent post I explained how there’s lots of variation in how devices with multiple power supplies operate, making it challenging to ensure they function in a truly redundant… Read more »

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Why Two Cords Do Not Guarantee Power Redundancy to an IT Device

Probably you’ve noticed that many of your IT devices have more than one power cord and probably you have assumed (correctly) it was all about providing redundant power to the… Read more »

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Managing the Physical Layer – High Density’s Imperative for Integrated Management Systems

At the end of last year an influential article appeared in the New York Times entitled ‘Power, Pollution, and Internet Waste’, focussing on the wastage of energy in the Data… Read more »

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What can healthcare learn about energy savings from industrial companies?

In a recent article in Health Facility Management Magazine titled “Tying it all together” by editor Mike Hrickiewicz, the change in the types of facilities we are moving to in… Read more »

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White Paper Provides an Education for IT Professionals on Data Center Electrical Terms and Concepts

Working in a data center, IT professionals undoubtedly come across electrical terms from time to time that they may not completely understand, or perhaps don’t understand at all. But in… Read more »

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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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Blade Servers and Virtualization Shrink White Space But Challenge Data Center Design

The use of innovative technology, such as blade servers and virtualization, can decrease the amount of data center white space (the space used by computer cabinets) required but increase the… 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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Energy Efficiency: Better Lighting? Lower Bills? BAH!

Starting now, let’s admit the folly of energy efficiency. It’s too specific and too prescriptive. Energy efficiency is a rather narrow component of overall efficiency which properly is measured in… Read more »

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Simple but Crucial Steps to Success with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Technology

The next great virtualization frontier may well be the desktop, as more companies are finding that the idea of desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI) can help them deliver a more reliable,… Read more »

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How to Protect IT Equipment in Small Businesses and Branch Offices

IT equipment deployed in small businesses and in branch offices of larger businesses are often installed in areas that are less than conducive to proper performance. Maybe it’s a cramped… Read more »

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A surprisingly low cost approach to data center energy management

The 19th Century Irish mathematical physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin famously said: “If you cannot measure it, you can not improve it.” However, it is a basic principle of measurements… Read more »

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Five Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in your Process

It’s easy to understand why Industrial Energy Management often starts with the building utilities, such as HVAC adjustments, boiler tuning, lighting upgrades, and air compressors: 1. The role of the Energy… Read more »

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Demand Response is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve been in the Demand Response Business since, oh, 2000 or so, it seems old hat. Never mind that Telecom deregulation took decades to deliver on its promises or… Read more »

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Elements of Power … Power Management for Buildings

This is the second post in The Impact of Power Management on Building Performance and Energy Costs series. In a recent post, I discussed the idea of adding power management… Read more »

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In Advance of Hurricane Season, It’s Time to Conduct a UPS Checkup

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season begins on May 15 for the Pacific and on June 1 for the Atlantic – mere weeks away. Given the various weather… Read more »

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Hello, Facility Manager? This is Circuit Breaker No. 4

Look around and it’s not difficult to see the incredible impact the Internet of Things is having on our daily lives. From fitness monitors to home thermostats controlled by a… Read more »

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4 Tips for Keeping Your IT Equipment Cool When the Power Goes Out

In my last post, I shared some of the ways that data center energy efficiency efforts can cause temperatures to quickly rise in a data center following a power outage…. Read more »

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Six Types of Power Disturbances That Can Trip Up Your IT Systems

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute found that businesses lose between $104 billion and $164 billion per year due to power interruptions, and another $15 billion to $24… Read more »

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Lightning Storms are No Match for Smart-UPS at Alabama Schools

If ever there was a case study that demonstrates the need for protecting network switches from power outages, it is the Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama. The system consists… Read more »

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Assessing Fuel Cells and Micro-turbines for Backup Data Center Power

Data center operators are always looking for ways to improve reliability and one of the main challenges in that effort is making sure the data center has a reliable source… Read more »

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How to Protect IT Equipment in Small Businesses and Branch Offices

IT equipment deployed in small businesses and in branch offices of larger businesses are often installed in areas that are less than conducive to proper performance. Maybe it’s a cramped… Read more »

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