energy-star-compliance

EPA Energy Star Label for Data Centers requires top quartile efficiency performance

Posted in data-center-energy-star, energy-efficiency, energy-star-compliance, epa, power-savings, power-usage, power-usage-effectiveness-rating, pue on June 8th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made the Energy Star label attainable for stand-alone data centers and buildings that house large data centers.  To achieve the Energy Star rating, data centers must achieve the top quartile (25 percent of their peers) of energy efficiency using the EPA energy performance scale. Data center energy efficiency will translate into financial savings and a smaller carbon footprint.  …

…   “EPA uses a commonly accepted measure for energy efficiency, the Power Usage Effectiveness metric, to determine whether a data center qualifies for the Energy Star label. Before being awarded the Energy Star, a licensed professional must independently verify the energy performance of these buildings and sign and seal the application document that is sent to EPA for review and approval.

Data centers are found in nearly every sector of the economy and deliver vital information technology services, including data storage, communications and internet accessibility.

Data centers use a significant amount of energy, accounting for 1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption at a cost of $4.5 billion annually, an amount that is expected to almost double over the next five years.

Significant energy and cost savings are possible through modest gains in efficiency. The energy consumed by data centers is growing every year. “   …

Via EPA: Energy Star Label (Link).

References for starting your data center efficiency program and developing the roadmap for Energy Star rating.  …

  • Data Center Energy Efficiency Principles (PDF).
  • Guidance for energy management programs (Link). 
  • Data Center Benchmarking (Link).

Green data center storage standards

Posted in energy-star-compliance, epa, green-storage, standards on May 12th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Join the EPA in working on standards for energy efficient storage.  …

… “EPA is currently developing a new product specification for data center storage. Partners and other interested parties who would like to participate in this process are encouraged … “   …

Via EPA: EnergyStar Storage.

Mode Nap Improve Processor Efficiency

Posted in energy-star-compliance, ibm, low-power, power-nap, power-saver-mode, power7, processor, reduce-power-consumption on April 3rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Power7 processor implements Modes to lower frequency and Nap to stop power consumption, driving processor efficiency specs. …IBM Power7

… “Power Saver Mode or Dynamic Power Saver Mode: These modes can halve processor frequency to reduce energy use, or modulate voltage and frequency to optimize processor and system energy use; Processor Core Nap: A low power mode in which the hardware stops processor core execution by locking most of the circuits inside the core in the absence of workload. ” …

Via IBM: POWER7 Systems First in Class to Meet ENERGY STAR

DataCenter UPS EnergyStar Ratings

Posted in energy-star-compliance, energy-star-for-ups, epa, standards, ups on February 17th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

EPA Energy Star Label targeted for UPS Equipment …

… “EPA has concluded that purchasers in all UPS markets will benefit from access to standardized UPS energy performance data made available through the ENERGY STAR program. ” …

http://bit.ly/c4Jztk

Canon Generation Green Printer Capabilities

Posted in canon, capability, efficiency, energy-star-compliance, environmental-initiative, hazardous-material, initiatives, ink, printer, printing, reduce-waste, rohs-compliance on June 22nd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Canon incorporates sustainable design features into its printers, using Generation Green branding for its initiative. …

… “Generation Green is Canon’s environmental initiative which includes printing multiple images on one sheet; individual ink tanks to reduce waste; Energy Star compliance that’s 25 percent more efficient than conventional models; RoHS compliance restricting the use of hazardous materials in electronic products … ” …

Via Imaging Resource: Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Printer