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Data center design: Electrical and power systems

1/27/2014

Data center design: Electrical and power systems
In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn’t reliable, business can’t be done. This is a review of the key electrical and power issues in data centers.
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Data center design

1/27/2014

Data center design
In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn’t reliable, business can’t be done. Experts provide insights on cooling and power issues, cloud computing, and energy efficiency.
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Prescription for hospital, health care electrical system success

11/26/2013

Prescription for hospital, health care electrical system success
Hospital and health care facility projects are especially important due to their sensitive nature. Electrical and power systems must be carefully designed.
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Case study: Data center retrofit

11/17/2013

Case study: Data center retrofit
Any time the reliability demand is high and the data center has to work around pre-existing building constraints, there are significant design challenges. However, creative engineering can turn just about any challenge into a data center with real reliability.
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Selecting a critical power monitoring and control technology

11/10/2013

Selecting a critical power monitoring and control technology
Choosing a monitoring and control technology should be based on the power reliability requirements for the application.
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Meeting electrical infrastructure demands in data centers

5/16/2013

Meeting electrical infrastructure demands in data centers
A data center’s electrical system requires a robust, reliable infrastructure that far surpasses that of its commercial and industrial facility peers.
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Electrical systems from the AHJ’s viewpoint

5/8/2012

Electrical systems from the AHJ’s viewpoint
Electrical inspectors see a lot of mistakes that can be easily avoided. This inspector points out a few quirks of the code.
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10 common data center surprises

5/4/2012

10 common data center surprises
Appropriate technologies and best practice tips can help data center managers and consulting-specifying engineers prepare for the unexpected.
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Classifying generator power sources

4/17/2012

Classifying generator power sources
The NEC has several categories that apply to generator power sources. It is important to review the code requirements when deciding on the classification of an alternate power source.
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Providing reliable data center backup power

3/1/2012

Providing reliable data center backup power
A Tier III data center upgrades its backup power system to provide continuous operation.
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Design approaches for integrated systems

12/12/2011

Design approaches for integrated systems
Successful design and specification of integrated systems requires knowing the goals, selecting the correct approach, creating a defined design and specification, and working with experienced contractors who can implement the systems to achieve the desired result.
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Commissioning hospital electrical systems

11/18/2011

Commissioning hospital electrical systems
Electrical systems in today’s hospitals should be commissioned as an integral part of every healthcare engineering project.
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Preventing generator failures with remote monitoring

11/10/2011

Preventing generator failures with remote monitoring
Remote monitoring provides critical information that can help owners and operators prevent generator failures and ensure power system reliability.
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Understanding Tier 4 requirements: Ensuring cost-effective compliance

9/23/2011

Understanding Tier 4 requirements: Ensuring cost-effective compliance
One of the main issues currently affecting the power generation industry is the applicability of Tier 4 certification versus Tier 4 compliance.
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Emergency power for fire, life safety systems

9/20/2011

Emergency power for fire, life safety systems
Know the requirements for the design of an emergency or standby power systems.
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Benchmarking: Understanding building performance

8/22/2011

Benchmarking: Understanding building performance
Conducting an energy performance comparison, known as benchmarking, can boost energy efficiency and lower building operating costs.
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Critical operations power systems application

8/15/2011

Critical operations power systems application
How NFPA Standard 70 and Article 708: Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS) is being interpreted and applied, and how to respond with standby systems design when COPS is levied on a project.
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6 steps to better data centers

4/11/2011

6 steps to better data centers
Review existing data centers for improvement opportunities like power consumption and effective heating and cooling.
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Tips for data center efficiency

3/17/2011

Tips for data center efficiency
In a data center, the efficiencies of the cooling, power, and IT systems should be analyzed as a complete system so the true efficiency potential becomes apparent.
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Centering on data

3/16/2011

Centering on data
With the need to balance a number of complex, changing demands (such as scalability, sustainability, and shifts in codes), data center projects are among the most complex an engineer can face. Here, top experts in the data center field offer advice on getting projects to compute.
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Integrated design of electrical rooms

3/8/2011

Integrated design of electrical rooms
Electrical engineers should coordinate with mechanical engineers, architects, structural engineers, and others involved in the design of electrical rooms.
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Advancing PUE with smarter data center power

3/7/2011

Advancing PUE with smarter data center power
By integrating more monitoring and digital control capabilities, data center managers can squeeze even greater performance and efficiency from existing data center power equipment.
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Reducing power consumption in data centers

2/10/2011

Reducing power consumption in data centers
In response to the increasing energy consumption in data centers, the European Commission launched a Code of Conduct initiative for the information and communication technology sector. A key objective is for each participant to benchmark their efficiency overtime in order to provide evidence of improvement.
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Commissioning for sound and vibration

2/1/2011

Commissioning for sound and vibration
Adding sound and vibration as an additional service brings added value to customers, the end user, and the building or facility.
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Modular data centers

1/28/2011

Modular data centers
Using a modular design approach in data centers will help lower capital spending while at the same time increase efficiency, reliability, and expandability.
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Transients in mission critical facilities

1/26/2011

Transients in mission critical facilities
Each of the three transient conditions in an MCF has a different cause, different result, and different method of mitigation.
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Modular electrical systems get standardized

1/26/2011

Modular electrical systems get standardized
Modular electrical systems can achieve product variety through combinations of standardized components.
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Preparing for air quality initiatives

12/28/2010

Preparing for air quality initiatives
Changing air quality regulations are affecting everyone from large industrial and power plants to small manufacturers, universities, and colleges. Uncertainty has always been a component of air quality regulations, but the number of changes underway and the magnitude of these changes is overwhelming.
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Fuel flow equals data flow

12/1/2010

Fuel flow equals data flow
Designing a standby power system for a data-intensive application requires not only the right generator for the load requirements but also the most reliable fuel available.
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Mechanical and electrical engineering: Things that keep me up at night

12/1/2010

Mechanical and electrical engineering: Things that keep me up at night
There are several emerging mechanical and electrical engineering technical trends that are worrisome to this author.
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Data center offers sustainable power, wins award

11/12/2010

Data center offers sustainable power, wins award
The Seattle area’s new, high-capacity next generation South Hill North Data Center in Puyallup, Wash., has received the Technology Development of the Year Award from NAIOP.
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A close look at wet stacking

8/3/2010

A close look at wet stacking
Wet stacking: How it happens, what it does, and how to avoid it.
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The time is now to implement 7 critical updates to NFPA 70E

7/16/2010

The time is now to implement 7 critical updates to NFPA 70E
Let’s face it; thanks to the challenging economy and downsizing most of us have more projects and fewer resources to make them happen. With this mind, I’ve summarized the most important updates you should consider incorporating into your electrical safety program. If you incorporate these changes, you’ll be well on your way to creating a more effective electrical safety program.
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Selective coordination of breakers in hospitals

1/20/2010

Selective coordination of breakers in hospitals
To ensure emergency power systems work when called upon, selective coordination studies must be implemented.
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Generac goes public, teams with Fiat

12/10/2009

Generac goes public, teams with Fiat
Generac has filed for an IPO, partnered with Fiat Powertrain Technologies, and enhanced their genset product lines.
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The importance of power reliability

12/1/2009

The importance of power reliability
In this roundtable discussion, data center executives discuss the vital importance of power reliability.
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Power Systems to Protect Healthcare Data

6/1/2008

Power Systems to Protect Healthcare Data
In the age of the paperless—and near-paperless—hospital, it is essential that doctors, nurses, and healthcare technicians can access data 24/7/365. Whether located within the hospital, in stand-alone buildings on a hospital campus, or even sited remotely, these data facilities have special power requirements because they serve unique systems and services.
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NEC and standby gensets

4/1/2008

NEC and standby gensets
Generators were not the major point of focus when the National Electric Code was written. As a result, engineers must reference multiple sections of the NEC Handbook when designing power generation systems.
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