Articles Tagged: Power Management

Back to School Supplies: What you should have in your metering backpack

In the last few weeks, my daughter and I have diligently searched for every item on her school supply list. Over the years, her lists are becoming more task-oriented and… Read more »

2 Comments

What your switchgear needs and deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact that with… Read more »

3 Comments

Non-Critical Buildings…Critical Information

Power management is essential in critical buildings such as data centers or hospitals where data and lives are kept safe…but what can a power management system bring to a non-power… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

1 Comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

9 Comments

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 »

Leave a comment

Dirty Power: What It Is and Why You Need to Clean It Up

Let’s take a little quiz. See how many of the following you’ve experienced in your building or facility: Flickering and blinking lights Transformer issues, such as noise, excessive heat, or… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

1 Comment

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 »

1 Comment

Don’t Leave Your Data Center Stranded Out in the Cold

For most companies, data center capacity comes at a premium, so it’s important to be able to wring every bit of it out of the space and infrastructure you have… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

How to Calculate a More Accurate PUE

Part of any effective energy management plan is determining data center infrastructure efficiency, as measured in Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).  But it can be difficult to establish the PUE for… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

AC/DC: Highway to Data Center Efficiency Hell?

  For some years now there have been people claiming DC power distribution systems in data centers were (“would be”?) more efficient than using AC power.  Efficiency gains of 25%… Read more »

4 Comments

4 Effects that Server Virtualization Can Have on Data Center Infrastructure

It’s well understood that virtualization technology has enabled IT groups to take great strides in increasing the utilization rate, scalability and flexibility of their servers. What’s more, it is the… Read more »

Leave a comment

Building Energy Management Systems

Digitization and visualization are two key pillars which can help us achieve our energy efficiency goals, especially in the buildings market, if we are keen to manage our energy consumption… Read more »

1 Comment

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 »

1 Comment

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 »

1 Comment

Data Center Infrastructure Management Software: Orchestrating Space, Power and Cooling

Managing power, cooling, and space remains a primary challenge in data centers. Here Soeren Schroeder, software director at Schneider Electric, tells us why that is still the case. The full… Read more »

1 Comment

Preparing Buildings for Power Distribution’s New Paradigm

Hannover Messe 2017 was a huge success. There, we launched our digital architecture for energy management in buildings: EcoStruxure™ Power. EcoStruxure is designed to help contractors, consulting engineers, panel builders,… Read more »

1 Comment

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

The devastation that we saw in areas such as Manhattan after hurricane Sandy naturally prompts lots of discussion about what went wrong and whether data center downtime directly caused by… Read more »

1 Comment

Process and Energy: A Match Made in Industrial Heaven?

If you are a Plant Manager or work in Facility Operations at an industrial plant, you have a challenging job. Electrical systems, building systems, safety systems, process systems… the list… Read more »

1 Comment

4 Quick Tips for Optimizing Management of Remote Sites

If you’re an IT administrator or manager of some sort, it’s increasingly likely that you’re responsible for more than one site. In many cases, it may be more like 5,… Read more »

1 Comment

Overhead Cabling Can Reduce Data Center Energy Costs

A raised floor to house cabling may be the most common method of cooling data center equipment, but it’s far from the most energy efficient.  Increased fan power, oversized cooling… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment