Schneider Electric Unveils Data Center Power Modules

Schneider Electric is out with new modules for data center electricity needs. The company described the new approach as "revolutionary" in its flexibility and customization.

The offering, based on the company's Reference Design 21, uses modular units that can be scaled from 200kW to 3.6MW, and that can be implemented in a piecemeal fashion.

The modules employ new, prefabricated 1200kW (600kW + 600kW) Facility Power Skids and EcoBreeze Air Economizers. The Skids contain universal power supplies, switchgear and management software, which Schneider said "makes it easy to go from 2N to N or N+1 configuration with double the power capacity." The company said the cooling plant was designed to be an extremely efficient air delivery system.

Reducing TCO

Joe Reele, Schneider Electric vice president, said in a statement that the current business environment "is causing a rapidly growing demand for more flexible, scalable and quickly deployable data centers, leaving many businesses asking how they will meet this need while reducing total cost of ownership."

He added that Schneider's flexible design approach "provides data center managers with the customizable design guidance they need to quickly right-size their facility without excessive capital overlay or risk, at a cost-per-KW entry point that is below industry standards."

The modules are intended to increase speed of deployment through simplified building design options, and the various module options and configurations are applicable to both greenfield and brownfield data centers. The company also said that the modules' components can be configured to fit a specific tier, scale, and cost requirement of a given data center.

Right-sizing the data center, the company said, results in capital spending reductions that do not need new construction or retrofits, and the factory-tested prefabricated units are intended to take the guesswork out of efficiency, compliance and safety.

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