APC to Provide More Energy Efficiency Info

APC has begun publishing detailed information about the electrical efficiency of its power and cooling products, the company said this week. Offering product efficiency data, including graphs on its products in a consistent format, will allow data center designers to combine the component efficiencies to predict the performance of an overall system.

APC has begun publishing data for its three-phase and single-phase uninterruptible power supplies, power distribution units and InRow cooling solutions on its Web site. An examples can be seen on this product page (scroll down to find “Energy Use/Efficiency), showing the equipment’s efficiency at a variety of loads.

APC said it is providing the detailed energy information to make it easier for customers, integrators and channel partners to select products to meet efficiency (DCiE) objectives for their data center system. The company expects that component and systems manufacturers will all eventually provide this information on their respective products.

“APC feels passionately about providing accurate data on the actual electrical efficiency of its products to customers and others to help simplify the process of determining overall system efficiency,” said Neil Rasmussen, senior vice president of Innovation at APC. “For example, for devices that transform or process energy, we will provide a graphical representation of the efficiency or loss performance as a function of rated load across the product’s operating range.”

Initially, APC will publish the electrical efficiency data on the company’s U.S.-based Web site. In time, the company will make this information available in other countries where it operates.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.