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GE Helps Hospital Data Center ‘Operate at 99% Energy Efficiency’

October 18, 2012 By Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

The data center at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center is using GE’s SG Series Uninterrupted Power Supply with eBoost technology, and operates at 99 percent energy efficiency in eBoost mode, according to GE.

The 664-bed hospital’s new critical power system began operating last year. Complying with a 10-second power restoration time mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the city of Chicago, GE’s system provides emergency and back-up power to Rush’s 13-building hospital from a central energy plant in 10 seconds or less, enabling critical, uninterrupted power to the East Tower Building’s telecommunications systems.

The project supports nonprofit environmental IT consortium The Green Grid’s goals to reduce the energy consumption of government and industrial data centers.

GE developed the Ecomagination-qualified (and Energy Star-certified) SG Series UPS with eBoost technology in response to the EPA’s calls for businesses to reduce the energy consumption of data centers.

The Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model spells out specific steps to improve energy efficiency and sustainability across all aspects of a data center’s operations, including power, cooling, computing, storage and networking. The model also includes recommendations for “eco mode” operation for UPS technologies, which improves data center efficiency measured by power usage effectiveness.

The EPA also included eco mode in the recent Energy Star specification for UPS. GE says its SG Series UPS with eBoost is the first three-phase UPS to receive the EPA Energy Star certification.

More than 40 SG Series UPS systems with eBoost technology have been deployed in the last two years, providing customers with more than 250,000 operating hours of performance data, according to the company.

In July, Environmental Leader reported that GE’s ecomagination line of products and services generated $21 billion in revenues and invested more than $2 billion in research and development last year, according to the program’s 2011 progress report.

In other attempts to reduce data center’s energy consumption, Intel has tested Green Revolution Cooling’s oil-based coolant for server storage, and last month, the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory selected Hewlett Packard and Intel to provide what it says will be the world’s most energy efficient data center.



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