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Eaton introduces blackout prediction app

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:58 -- Laura Varriale
Eaton app

Power management specialist Eaton has launched an app that aims to predict and manage power outages at data centres.

The “Blackout and Power Outage Tracker” is designed to enable data centre managers to check their susceptibility to grid outages, claimed Eaton.

The app works on the state of the power grid locally and across the national coverage of the UK and Ireland.

The system can identify causes, duration and number of people affected by power outages. It calculates the regional impact and gives data centres background information for submitting damage claims against their utility provider, according to Eaton.

Blackouts caused by accidents, grid over-demands or natural disasters are unpredictable, but Eaton wants to focus on prevention.

“Although some of these causes may be unpreventable, with the right power protection a company can help protect its data and equipment during any blackout,” said Steve Spicer, sales manager at Eaton.

Eaton claimed it uses the app to draw awareness to the need of uninterruptible power supplies.

The company recently introduced its power management system, which is integrated with EMC’s VSPEX infrastructure system.

Panasonic to build lead-acid battery plant in India

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:03 -- Laura Varriale
Panasonic battery

Japanese electronics maker Panasonic is to set up a lead-acid battery plant in India and plans to make the country a regional hub.

The batteries shall be used mainly in the automotive industry and data centres. The costs for the plant are estimated at Rs200 crores ($36m). Panasonic is currently deciding on a location, which offers either tax concessions or is closer to the company’s automotive customers. The target is to start production by 2016.

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Emerson introduces managed rack PDU family

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:09 -- Laura Varriale
Emerson PDU

Emerson Network Power has launched a family of rack power distribution units (PDU) to monitor changes in data centre power and capacity management.

The MPH2 rack PDU offers remote monitoring and control of connected loads. It is designed to enable environmental input options with multiple power input selections and output configurations, allowing data centre power control to the receptacle level, as well as monitoring of the strip and rack temperature and humidity. The MPH2 rack PDU is designed to operate at temperatures up to 60°C. The metering is at +/-1%. Up to four MPH2 rack PDUs can be interconnected as a rack PDU array.

The RPC2 communication module enables upgradable network communications, precision sensors and a display interface that be accessed locally or remotely.

“Intelligent rack power distribution units are becoming ever more important to businesses, which require ever increasing speed, intelligence and economy in their data centres,” said Dr Peter Koch, senior vice president engineering and product management, at Emerson Network Power.

Emerson claimed that the MPH2 has the highest level of availability and efficiency in comparison to other rack PDUs, based on a test run by DfR Solutions, an independent testing agency.

The product is available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Toshiba reveals 1000kVA UPS

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:44 -- Laura Varriale
Toshiba UPS

Toshiba has added a 1000kVA UPS for data centres and other mission-critical facilities to its G9000 product line.

The double-conversion system has a capacity of 1000kVA/1000kW and provides reliable power at up to 97% AC/DC/AC efficiency at loads from 50 to 100%, according to the company. At 20% load, it should still have an efficiency of 95%. The input power factor is greater than 0.99, the input voltage ranges is from 15% to -20% and the output power factor is rated at unity. The company claimed that the UPS is the largest unit yet of its G9000 products.

The UPS was developed at Toshiba’s Houston facility in the US and is designed for stand-alone or parallel use in up to eight unit configurations without requiring paralleling or load sharing intelligence in the switchgear cabinet. The UPS aims further to support 100% step-load changes without battery discharge. The dynamic response of the inverter shall eliminate the need for an output transformer.

The UPS comes with a three-year onsite warranty. Other units of G9000 line have a capacity ranging from 100 to 750kVA.

Powering the data centre of the future

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:35 -- Tildy Bayar
Powering the data centre of the future

Industry professionals believe the data centre of the future will be powered by on-site generation and will use high-efficiency AC UPS systems for backup power, according to a new survey.


Emerson Network Power’s report, The Data Center 2025: Exploring the Possibilities, surveyed 800 data centre professionals around the world.


A majority of survey respondents (65%) said they believe the future’s ‘hyperscale’ data centres will run on on-site power by 2025. Respondents in the Asia Pacific region overwhelmingly predicted a move to on-site power, with 33% saying it will definitely happen and an additional 44% considering it likely.


Solar power was in the lead for respondents’ future power source of choice. Asia Pacific and Latin America were optimistic about solar’s potential, with each region predicting that 25% of future data centres’ power will come from solar, while Western Europe (18%) and the US (15%) projected lower levels of solar use.


For backup power, 30% of participants expect high-efficiency AC UPS systems to be the primary source in 2025. According to the respondents, these UPS systems are less likely than other technologies to be displaced by competitors due to efficiency advancements in recent years.


But some said hardware approaches could challenge the AC UPS, including a momentary duty inverter that provides just enough ride-through power to switch to an alternate source (27%) and DC UPS (13%). And about one in four participants said software failover could become the new backup paradigm, displacing today’s UPS/generator combination.

Schneider Electric launches new data centre UPS

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:06 -- Tildy Bayar
Schneider Electric launches new data centre UPS

French energy management firm Schneider Electric has announced the launch of a new three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS), called the Galaxy VM.


The UPS will be integrated with the company’s energy management solutions for data centres and industrial applications, Schneider said. It can be integrated in existing monitoring environments and works with Schneider's data center infrastructure management application StruxureWare, as well as with building management systems and the Modbus protocol.


When operated in so-called ‘ECOnversion’ mode, which combines input harmonic correction, double conversion online and ECO mode technologies, the UPS offers 99% energy efficiency, Schneider said, saving over $28,000 per year.  


The unit features swappable battery modules and fans which can be removed without the usual switch to maintenance bypass, as well as options for top and bottom cable entry and casters for mobility.


Pedro Robredo, VP of secure power at Schneider, said the product represents the company's best, embodying 45 years of power protection design while incorporating the latest energy efficiency technologies. “Facility and IT managers can count on Galaxy VM to work with existing systems, while helping drive business results by reducing energy consumption and its related cost,” he said.

Data centre UPS systems go green

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:49 -- Tildy Bayar
Data centre UPS systems go green

As part of a European project, power systems firm Emerson Network Power is to develop ‘greener’ UPS backup power systems for data centres.


The European Commission’s Product Environment Footprint (PEF) project aims to develop standards for environmentally friendly data centres. It will define a method for gauging the facilities’ environmental impact and track the energy used and wasted during operations.  The project’s larger aim is a single European market for green products.


The PEF was adopted by the Commission last year and is undergoing a three-year trial, which entered its second phase in late March.


According to Franco Costa, Emerson’s vice president and general manager for power systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the company will be submitting products to PEF for testing with performance benchmarks, and working with partners and stakeholders to validate compliance and verification. He added that Emerson’s next-generation UPS systems will be committed to the new standards.


In another forward-looking move, in January Emerson launched its ‘Data Centre 2025’ initiative, with the goal of engaging industry thought leaders worldwide to develop a vision for the data centre of the future.

Mitsubishi UPS offers 96% efficiency

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:09 -- Ruth Williams

Mitsubishi Electric has extended its UPS range with a three-phase, online double-conversion system called the 9950A. It is designed for 400V power infrastructures and features Mitsubishi’s insulated gate bipolar transistor technology to enhance performance and reliability of switching operation.

The 500kVA UPS can supply clean, continuous power to connected data centres or other critical equipment with an efficiency of up to 96%.

The 230/400V electrical distribution infrastructure has a benefit over a 120/208V system that it eliminates the need for transformers and extra circuit breakers, this reduces failure points while also occupying a smaller footprint. It still offers the power efficiencies of the power distribution.

The 9950A can be paralleled with up to eight units for N+1 redundancy in backup conditions.

GE launches modular data centre called PowerMOD

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 12:58 -- Ruth Williams

General Electric has launched a turnkey power system module that can be used to expand existing data centres or to provide new and temporary capacity to companies requiring data centre services.

The PowerMOD can be configured with a range of electrical components including automatic transfer switches, switchboards, UPSs and transformers.

The modular containers are available to provide between 200kW to 1500kW back up power and can be commissioned within five months. GE believes this quick deployment will appeal to customers requiring a faster solution than a traditionally built data centre, as well as offering capital savings.

The PowerMOD unit can be cooled with free cooling (via an economiser), direct expansion, chilled water or evaporative cooling.

Emerson Network Power new line for North American market

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Emerson Network Power has introduced three new models of the Liebert DSE, room-based data centre cooling systems. The 80kW, 85kW and 150kW units will join the current 125kW unit, will be available across North America.

data centre cooling

The Liebert DSE features the EconoPhase pumped refrigerant economiser that cools without the cost of water consumption or air contamination thus lowering operational costs.

The unit also features compressors to make the most of part-load efficiency, electronic expansion valves to support lower condensing temperatures, and variable speed electrically commutated plug fans that adjust the unit airflow to demand based on usage.

“The Liebert DSE represents the state-of-the-art in data centre room cooling and demonstrates that major increases in cooling efficiency can be achieved without compromising data centre reliability and performance,” said Steve Madara, Vice President, global cooling, Emerson Network Power. “These new models give data centre designers and managers more options to configure data centre cooling that is scalable, reliable and economical.”

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