Data Centers

Data centers often have one of the highest energy intensity ratings, kWh and kW per sq. ft., than any other type of facility. Since energy costs are the largest monthly expense incurred in the operation of data centers, it is imperative facility managers closely monitor consumption and demand requirements. Developing a baseline of energy data will enable you to quickly identify declining hardware inefficiencies and closely monitor the performance of retro-commissioning upgrades.

Backup Generator Performance

In situations that require a data center to rely on back-up generators, gathering real-time energy data about the performance of the generators will enable facility managers to optimize the correct number of generators required to maintain normal system operations. Often, data centers will run too many generators as an over precaution, which further drives up unnecessary costs.

Data centers also necessitate large demand (kW) requirements. Depending on the customer’s utility pricing, a peak demand level can be billed across a 12 month cycle until a new peak is reached or the old peak is replaced. In the case of a power outage, once power is restored, it is important that the facility is restored in a scheduled process to avoid new peak demand levels. Real-time monitoring allows facility managers to slowly restart the system and avoid tens of thousands of dollars of avoidable charges.

Real-time Alerts

Losing power at a data center is one of the worst case scenarios that any facility manager seeks to avoid. Unfortunately, this is a reality that everyone data center must prepare for. Using Power TakeOff’s real-time alert system, customer specified users are immediately notified about the loss of power via text, email, or voice message alerts. This permits emergency teams to identify impacts of cooling and ventilation changes on energy usage and demand to determine optimal levels for performance and energy savings.