Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Emerson Network Power - Energy Logic

Emerson published a press release regarding their Energy Logic road map - a new approach to data center energy optimization. Energy Logic centers on the "cascade effect" (throughout data center infrastructure) and is based on Emerson's research and modeling.

A lot has been written lately about energy savings, and the whole green movement, but this approach helps to quantify energy savings and sheds light on potential ROI.
“When we released our report earlier this year, we stressed that energy reductions could be achieved with the proper planning and implementation of efficient technologies that exist today,” said Andrew Fanara of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “We encourage companies like Emerson Network Power to share any and all expertise that helps the data center community reduce their energy usage.”

Their white paper titled Energy Logic: Reducing Data Center Energy Consumption by Creating Savings that Cascade Across Systems divulges the Energy Logic approach. Among the sea of energy efficiency / green literature, news and white papers, this one has some meat to it. It covers:
  • Energy Consumption (where it goes)
  • The approach - including the cascading/sequential approach of how certain best practices have the greatest impact
  • Some nice tables and diagrams of Energy Logic applied (I'm a visual person) :)
  • The ten Energy Logic Actions (more pretty graphs and pictures)
  • Assumptions and timing benefits
Overall this is a very good white paper and one I'll keep in my reference pile

The white paper can be viewed here


Anonymous said...

I am sorry, but after reading this article and taking look insight the white paper I cannot understand some basic facts. I work in Toronto real estate company and part of my job is concerned about promoting of green life style as well. And in my opinion, all this effort should lead to decreasing of energy dependence and the costs connected with consuming of energy as well. However, I cannot understand Emerson's logic that decreasing of energy consumption is in their interest. May be, I have not read the white paper word by word, but what I understand is that producer or transporter of energy earns money on the amount of all energy transfered. And the less energy will be consumed, and that is why also transfered, the less money they will earn. This is how I see it...May be nobody is going to read it, but this is what I think.

Anonymous said...

Not to fear Toronto Realtor, those old business models are rapidly changing. Emerson is not a power producer, they are an enabler, providing products and services that are often linked to the production, generation, storage, conversion, and end item use of energy. In that regard the more they can do to improve overall efficiency the more value they add to their customer's products or services. Value-added enables the market to maintain pricing power which then translates into improved opetating income and profits.

Reducing consumption vie improved efficiency can be thought of as taking the fuel efficient approach to driving a vehicle so one can not only drive the same distance as before but in the ideal case do so for far less money despite the rising cost of fuel.