Energy Efficiency

  • A move in the right direction

    Olha Benesyuk is convinced that moving power intensive installations up to the cooler regions in the north is the best way forward for the European data centre sector. The Nordic region is leading the race to become the world’s prime location for data centres. Industry giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are leading by example, having already established facilities in the north.

  • Alfen supplies integrated energy storage solution for EV charging test site of ElaadNL

    Energy solutions specialist, Alfen has been chosen by knowledge and innovation centre ElaadNL to supply an integrated energy storage solution for an electric vehicle (EV) charging test site in Arnhem, the Netherlands. This project complements Alfen’s previous assignments for ElaadNL consisting of Alfen’s EV charging equipment, load balancing charging plaza and substation for the connection to the grid. Together with the new storage facility, this integrated system provides ElaadNL with full testing capabilities around smart EV charging.

  • Collaboration brings affordable clean energy

    French independent power producer Neoen got together with Schneider Electric over the summer to sign a joint initiative to provide more affordable and reliable clean energy. The collaboration introduces a 750 MW Conext SmartGenTM multi-year framework agreement on three continents and includes conversion stations composed of 1500V inverters, medium voltage switchgear, transformers, and complete monitoring and control system, as well as lifecycle maintenance services.  

  • Data analysed for a better pint

    A US brewery has deployed a data analysis software system to bring the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics to its factory floor.

  • Data centre keeps its cool

    Ambient cooling and plenty of low-carbon hydro power is making the Arctic a viable site for data centres. Alan Beresford explains how EcoCooling is taking advantage of the climate at the award winning Hydro66 data centre in Boden, Sweden

  • Data centre trends: What will matter to IT managers in 2018

    Digital transformation is in full swing, to the extent that at least half global value creation could be digitised by 2021, according to a forecast from market researchers. Faced with high electricity costs, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to modernise the IT landscape and make their data centre operations more efficient, writes special correspondent Clive Partridge.

     

  • Demand response is key to UK’s energy future

    The UK has more than 4GW of stored power in UPS units and this could be a valuable additional resource to tackle the country’s energy dilemma. Power manufacturer Riello UPS is urging industry to consider energy storage to reduce pressure on the UK’s power grid, according to Leo Craig, general manager of Riello UPS.

  • Engineering value remains a key driver in the supply chain

    Steve Martin, head of specialist groups at the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), looks at how value engineering principles can help data centre procurement.

  • Extend the working day

    The APC Mobile Power Pack range of high-capacity, high-efficiency external battery packs is designed to provide mobile charging for all smartphone and tablets – or any device which can be charged using a USB cable. The lightweight external batteries enable a greater range of apps to be used for longer periods, a Schneider Electric spokesman explained.

  • Meeting the requirements of innovative IoT solutions

    Companies employing machine-to-machine communication to streamline manufacturing require real-time capabilities. And having IT resources deployed in close geographical proximity to the plant ensure that latency is low and data is readily available. 

  • Plans for Europe’s largest battery factory mature

    ABB and Northvolt have entered into a smart electrification partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology agreement, which will include products and services for Northvolt’s state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery factory and close collaboration on development of battery solutions and R&D activities.

  • Swiss data centre makes awards shortlist

    A new Tier 3, high-density data centre in Switzerland has been shortlisted as a finalist for the New Design/Build Data Centre Project of the Year at the renowned DCS Awards, 2018. DataHub Biel is a 4.5MW facility, which opens for business shortly, contains 3000m2 of technical space, with an average power density of 5kW/rack, which is high for the region. 

  • World number two strengthens its global position with $2.6 billion acquisition

    ABB has announced the acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions, a global electrification solutions business, for $2.7 billion. The deal further strengthens ABB’s global standing in the global electrification market while offering improved access to the lucrative US market.