Articles Tagged: Power Management

PUE and ESPC and UESC! Oh my!

It’s been almost 9 months since I provided my last update to the current state of affairs in D.C. with respect to energy efficiency legislation. We’ve hit a couple potholes… 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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5 ways to solve the harmonics challenge

As any plant manager would tell you, an invisible liability lurks in the electrical system: Harmonics can hamper operations and cause equipment to wear out way before its time. For… Read more »

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Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… Read more »

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Clinical Data vs. Infrastructure Data – the forgotten information?

Why is it that we expect, anticipate, and appreciate harnessing electronic medical records to improve the quality of care, but we aren’t talking about it at all from an infrastructure… Read more »

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Powerless: Lessons learned at Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans, February 3, 2013. One minute and 38 seconds into the second half of Super Bowl XLVII something extraordinary happened: Half the lights went out inside the Superdome. With… 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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Secure Power for industry crosses multiple domains of expertise

To ensure the reliability of mission-critical applications in industry and infrastructure, organizations are tapping some of the same type of technologies used to protect data centers and information technology (IT)… Read more »

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Learn How to Calculate Your Data Center Power Requirements for Today and Tomorrow at Energy University

In my last post I discussed the free Schneider Electric Energy University course, “Calculating Total Cooling Requirements.” This time I thought I’d write about a companion course, “Calculating Total Power… Read more »

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Boilers aren’t boring thanks to Boiler MACT

How can the new boiler efficiency law fight boredom and help support energy control, monitoring and visualization systems in March 2014?? Usually, I tend to use blogs to highlight emerging… Read more »

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Get Serious About Energy Efficiency: Get Certified

Various bloggers on this site have written plenty about data center energy efficiency and with good reason, because reducing energy consumption saves dollars – often lots of them. But if… 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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The New York Times Has an Incomplete Take on Data Centers

It appears The New York Times doesn’t much care for data centers. Last September the Times ran a story that basically accused data centers of wasting power. Now last month… Read more »

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Save On Data Center Cooling With Economizer Mode

Most data centers are located in areas that don’t experience warm weather all the time. (If yours is at the equator, you can stop reading this right now. There’s nothing… Read more »

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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 »

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Taking a Close Look at Crucial But Unsung Devices: Electric Meters

Data center owners and operators naturally want the most out of their investments, from high availability to high efficiency. But accurately measuring and optimizing data center power is dependent on… Read more »

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Explosion of Technology in Healthcare Requires Cooperation Between IT and Facilities

With the big HIMSS 13  event going on in New Orleans this week, I’ve got healthcare on my mind. HIMSS is focused on healthcare in IT and there’s certainly lots… Read more »

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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 »

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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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Clinical Data vs. Infrastructure Data – the forgotten information?

Why is it that we expect, anticipate, and appreciate harnessing electronic medical records to improve the quality of care, but we aren’t talking about it at all from an infrastructure… Read more »

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Build a Cooling System that Relies on Economizer Mode – and Cut Energy Consumption in Half

We’ve written previously about how operating in economizer mode can help you save on data center cooling costs, and had a podcast that noted the technology works even in hot… Read more »

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Another Cruise Ship Catches Fire and Carnival Sees the Light on Backup Power

This week’s news of yet another cruise ship fire, with images of a blackened ship sitting in port, prompted me to revisit my post of a few months ago about… 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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Save On Data Center Cooling With Economizer Mode

Most data centers are located in areas that don’t experience warm weather all the time. (If yours is at the equator, you can stop reading this right now. There’s nothing… 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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Five Tips to Help your Campus Sustainability Program Make the Grade

While I considered a long list of criteria when I chose a college for undergrad, sustainability was never a factor. Twenty years ago, I was worried about campus safety, available… Read more »

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Energy Management Becomes More Vital for Pipeline Businesses

Hydrocarbon pipeline operators are jumping aboard the Smart Grid Train! Similar to electric energy transmission and distribution network operators, they are using readily available data about the status of their… Read more »

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Putting a New Face on the Industrial UPS Market: Faster Delivery, Lower Cost, Smaller Footprint

An order we recently took from a longtime customer illustrates the challenges that users of industrial UPSs often face. The customer, a refinery based in Turkey, was looking to replace… Read more »

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Optimize Your Power Loads with Data Center Capacity Management

Installing equipment in a data center without considering its loading and current power as well as its cooling capacity can put stress on an IT system and result in downtime… Read more »

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Uptime Institute Panel Makes the Case for Modular Data Center Approach

  More evidence that modular, containerized systems are catching on came from a panel discussion at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 event in Santa Clara, Calif. titled “The Mega Data… Read more »

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