ABB and Green launch state-of-the-art data center employing HP servers

ABB has announced the official opening of Green’s new Zurich-West data center expansion based on direct current (DC) technology. Green’s facility, which employs HVDC-capable HP servers, is the most powerful application of DC in a data center to date. Performance tests showed that Green’s new power distribution system is 10 percent more efficient than for comparable alternating current (AC) technology. In addition, investment costs for the system were 15 percent lower than for an AC system.

 With the addition of almost six million new servers every year, data center energy demand is increasing at a rate of more than 10 percent annually, requiring more efficient and reliable solutions. DC systems are less complex than AC systems, making fewer power conversions. This requires as much as 25 percent less space, and reduces equipment, installation, and real estate and maintenance costs.

ABB installed the one megawatt DC power distribution solution for the 1,100 m2 expansion of the 3,300 m2 Zurich-West data center. It was engineered to Green’s strict ecological standards by ABB with support from Validus DC Systems, an ABB company, and includes a service level agreement.

The project underlines ABB’s goal to create new power options through expanded DC applications. The company pioneered technologies that made conversion between AC and DC systems possible and was the first to commercialize long distance high-voltage DC power transmission. ABB is now applying DC to medium- and low-voltage applications in electric vehicle charging, power distribution systems on ships, in building and in data centers.


30-May-2012 17:12:41