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Renewable Energy in the Data Center Industry

According to a recent publication on Datacenter Dynamics, current estimates are that by 2025 data centers will consume one fifth of all the electricity produced worldwide. In order to control their own destinies, the major builders of data centers are committing to building renewable power generation facilities along with their data centers, lessening the strain on the local utilities while also helping them to meet local, state, and federal requirements for renewable energy production. 


Despite the fact that many of the alternative energy production technologies initially produce DC power, AC power is still being delivered to the IT racks within the data center. This paper explores the short and long term ramifications the renewable power source has on the architecture of the power train in the data center. 

Whether your data center is using renewable energy or not, AC power is still the primary infeed to a data center, and AC power is distributed within the data center to the IT rack. For those data centers electing to remain with this tried and true approach, an intelligent PDU that supports an infeed of 415VAC 3-phase Wye can deliver 240VAC to the outlet without requiring a transformer in the PDU. This helps to minimize conversion losses, minimize distribution losses, minimize the size of copper cabling required for power, and enable maximum power density for the rack, resulting in a greener, more efficient data center.


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The goal of our product line and the design of our manufacturing process is to allow our customers the ability to find exactly the right set of power distribution features for their application: from horizontal to vertical, 120V to 415V, low density to high, and from managed/intelligent to not.  


Intelligent Power Distribution

 Intelligent PDUs combine power distribution, power control, and data collection within a single unit. They supply more power to more devices while providing key information through PDU networking.


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Server Technology's HDOT Cx PDU, featuring the revolutionary Cx outlet, accommodates both C14 and C20 plugs, reducing the complexity of the PDU selection process and limits the need to purchase a new set of PDUs when equipment changes, resulting in lowering end costs.

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