PowerHouse Supports Merlin Data Center

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Several PowerHouse containers from Active Power, which house UPS and generators.

Capgemini is using Active Power’s PowerHouse system to provide containerized power infrastructure at its Merlin data center in Swindon, England, the company said today. The Merlin facility uses pre-manufactured data center modules to deploy customer space in just 22 weeks (about five months) and will deliver a PUE of approximately 1.10, which would rank it among the most efficient facilities in the world.

The PowerHouse is designed to provide portable power infrastructure to support a data center container packed with servers. For the Merlin deployment, the PowerHouse container features Active Power’s CleanSource 1500 kVA flywheel-based UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system, along with three diesel engines, transformers and switchgear within a fully containerized environment.

“With Merlin, we wove together traditional datacentre requirements such as security and cost effectiveness with aggressive sustainability initiatives in our initial design stage,” said Paul Anderson, program director, Capgemini UK. “Our goal of wanting to install a preconfigured, pretested complete power infrastructure system with a high energy efficiency rating and a small footprint led us to Active Power.”

“Our modular and highly energy efficient continuous power solutions like PowerHouse are enabling leading edge infrastructure design for global innovators,” said Mark Lee, general manager for the UK, Nordics and CIS regions at Active Power. “These solutions are beginning to set new standards in sustainability and energy efficiencies – as we’re able to lower capital expenditures and total cost of ownership for customers while at the same time reduce carbon footprint and emissions. This makes for a very compelling offering compared to a traditional brick and mortar approach.”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.

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