Efficient Power Supplies for Data Center and Enterprise Servers

Category: 
High Technology
Project Number: 
PGE 0619
Start Year: 
2006
End Year: 
2008
Markets Segments: 
High Technology
Project Type: 
Hardware
Type of Technology: 
Power Supplies
Organization: 
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
Project Status: 
Completed

Project Summary

This research project studied the energy efficiency and power quality characteristics of power supplies used in servers. The findings revealed ways in which power consumption could be reduced, and the load capability of the servers increased. Banks of servers (also known as “data centers” or “server farms”) are used in a number of applications, including corporate campuses, government offices and educational institutions, and usually run 24/7. Forecasts project server power supply sales, of all types, will more than double over the course of five years. This widespread use presents a great opportunity for reducing energy usage by improving the operating efficiencies identified by this assessment. For more information, please contact the sponsoring organization.

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