Green Power Solutions Gain Visibility

Is "green" gaining traction? Data center power news from APC Schneider, Active Power (ACPW), Caterpillar (CAT) and Capstone Turbine (CPST).

This week we've seen some interesting announcements about alternative approaches to data center power products, and one vendor saying interest in green data centers appear to be boosting their wares. Here's a roundup:

  • Capstone Turbine Corp. (CPST) said it has received a $1.3 million order for its UPSource product, an Uninterruptible Power Supply to be used at data centers in Houston, Texas and Arlington, Virginia. Capstone makes microturbines that can run on natural gas. "Instead of an air-conditioned room with rows of batteries on raised floors periodically used to provide emergency back-up, Capstone's UPSource Secure Power product uses multiple highly reliable, natural-gas fueled microturbines that provide continuous power independent of the electric utility," said Jim Crouse, Capstone's Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. 
  • APC introduced Fuel Cell Extended Run (FCXR), a hydrogen-based fuel cell backup solution that integrates with the company's InfraStruXure racks and enclosures. FCXR, which produces power using air and stored hydrogen, is available in 10 kW increments up to 30 kW contained in a single 19-inch rack." APC's next generation fuel cell backup product represents one of the first commercial uses of fuel cell technology for data center environments," said John DiPippo, senior vice president, APC Data Center Solutions, Software and Services.

  • Active Power (ACPW) said that Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) has ordered more than 21 megawatts of critical backup power during the past three months, a 200 percent increase over the prior three month period. "Our core product differentiators of energy efficiency, space savings, reliability, rugged design and environmental sensitivity are resonating in the marketplace and certainly for our OEM partners," said Jim Clishem, Active Power CEO and president. "Caterpillar is a significant part of our distribution strategy and we are extremely pleased with their increasing momentum and commitment to critical power systems solution sales."
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