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August 07, 2012

Active Power Supplies Stanford University with Efficient Power for New Facility

By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer


Stanford University, in an effort to achieve its uninterruptable power supply (UPS)efficiency requirements while still providing full power protection to mission critical computing clusters, has announced that it will deploy Active Power's high efficiency CleanSource (News - Alert) UPS systems. These systems will provide nearly three megawatts of power to the university's new Stanford Research Computing Facility (SRCF) in Stanford, California.

The 415 volt systems are to be delivered toward the end of the year with installation scheduled for the third quarter of 2013.

The SRCF will expand the computing capabilities of both the university and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. More specifically, the SRCF will provide Stanford's research community with direct access to high performance computing clusters, supporting such research as genome sequence analysis, protein modeling, computational fluid dynamic simulations and economic modeling.

Of course, a computing facility of this caliber is going to have high power requirements and yet Stanford has high efficiency requirements it must meet. Fortunately, Active Power's CleanSource UPS uses extremely efficient 415 volt distribution, allowing the facility to get the power it needs while still meeting efficiency requirements.

"One of the inherent benefits of our patented UPS technology is its industry leading energy efficiency," said Doug Milner, president and CEO of Active Power, in a press release. "This efficiency translates into a tangible economic benefit as it lowers energy costs which directly impact the customer's bottom line without sacrificing performance. A viable, sustainable product delivered at an overall financial advantage makes for a very compelling offering in today's marketplace."

Energy efficiency isn't only a concern for academic institutions, of course. The U.S. government, for example, has to meet certain requirements as dictated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which aims to reduce energy consumption by two percent per year in all federal installations. Because of this, many data center managers are now turning to 380V DC power supplies, which are also capable of providing reliable power with extremely high efficiency.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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