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Vertiv and Honeywell tease micro grid power management solutions

Written by Thu 15 Oct 2020

Intelligent power management solution arriving in 2020

Critical infrastructure specialist Vertiv is partnering with US-based operational technology giant Honeywell on new sustainability-focused power management solutions for data centres.

By 2020, the companies plan to launch the first product of the collaboration, a micro-grid solution for data centres to simplify the integration of alternative energy sources such as solar arrays, fuel cells and batteries.

The power management solution will combine energy resource management and a supervisory control system in a single integrated platform, the companies said.

It will also autonomously select energy sources and grid services based on costs and risk factors to maximise uptime and reduce costs, using built-in analytics and weather forecasting.

“Business continuity is more critical than ever, with more people working, learning and connecting remotely, driving a simultaneous explosion in data and demand for new data centers. There is need and opportunity for data centres to be more efficient, reliable and sustainable,” said Rob Johnson, CEO, Vertiv.

“Our collaboration with Honeywell will help us to collectively better serve our data center customers. Our offerings complement each other to provide greater value to data center operators.”

Honeywell is known for its building management systems (BMS), operational software, and industrial safety and security products. The company is also a big player in the burgeoning area of commercial quantum computing, even claiming it presides over the “world’s most powerful” quantum system. Honeywell posted revenues of over $36 billion last year and the company employs around 110,000 staff.

“Data centres face similar challenges as other buildings that have disparate systems that were not designed to work together, but they experience these challenges on a greater scale,” said Vimal Kapur, president and CEO, Honeywell Building Technologies.

“We look forward to collaborating with Vertiv to offer integrated solutions that make it easier for data center operators to distill the mountains of data they pull from their equipment into actions that create more efficient and environmentally friendly operations.”

Written by Thu 15 Oct 2020

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