Articles Tagged: Power Management

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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Longtime User Extols Virtues of Smart-UPS and Progression in Schneider Electric Product Line

It was great spending a couple of days in the Schneider Electric booth at the recent Interop 2014 event in Las Vegas, mainly because I got to meet lots of… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Helps BusinessSuites Survive Hurricanes and More

When you’re in the business of providing fully equipped office space for companies large and small, complete with phone and Internet service, it behooves you to make sure those services… Read more »

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Considering the Pros and Cons of UPS Eco-mode

In the never-ending effort to squeeze every bit of efficiency out of data center power and cooling, some data center operators are taking a hard look at UPS eco-mode and… Read more »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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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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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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 »

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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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Advanced distribution management will define next-generation energy providers

In a previous post, I introduced ADMS, the Advanced Distribution Management System – a solution that enables an electric utility to deliver reliable service, even as energy demand continuously increases… 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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Catching Up With Long-time Power Expert Clarence Tsung

The entire power industry owes a debt of gratitude to Clarence Tsung, who turns 80 years old this month. Tsung has been at the forefront of power technology for nearly… Read more »

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Risk – A Four Letter Word You Should Mention

An article I recently read discussed risk assessments in hospitals for items from infections to patient records. It was interesting how interwoven these assessments and processes were to provide checks and balances… Read more »

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