Eco-mode UPS in the Data Centre Industry

This video outlines Dr Ian Bitterlin’s view, a Chartered Engineer within the Data Centre industry for over 25 years, regarding eco-mode within a Data Centre environment.

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Dr Ian F Bitterlin: My name’s Ian Bitterlin and I’m a chartered engineer. I’ve been in the data centre industry for the best part of 25 years.

Many people in the industry are discussing ‘eco-mode’ and there’s fors and against. Obviously the fors are: very much increased efficiency.

The problems that are perceived are when the mains deviates — will my UPS successfully transfer the load from the standard bypass supply to the inverted supply?

I think it’s a question really of the technology certainly works, there are no technological problems, and the output power will certainly stay within the CBEMA curve – power quality curve – it’s a question of time and people using it.

And mature networks where a good supply is fairly stable, will become an increasing option for people to use.

I think that the adoption of eco-mode is very much going to be driven by the cost of energy. If you look at American markets, eco-mode is viewed with a lot of skepticism, much more so than in Europe, and that’s purely down to the cost of power.

When you’re paying 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour for power, you’re not so interested in shaving 5 or 6 per cent points of efficiency on your UPS.

As the cost of power increases, eco-mode will find more of an audience, more of a green audience, more of an economic audience. There will be some manufacturers, some customers, who keep eco-mode off of their agenda, but they will be in the minority I’m afraid.

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