Critical Power 2016 has announced the preliminary program for its 2nd annual event, April 13-14 in Schaumburg, Illinois. The conference addresses needs of managers and technical professionals involved in operations where reliable and continuous power is a critical factor, including data centers, industrial and manufacturing facilities, military, laboratories, healthcare, financial institutes, telecom and disaster recovery.
The Role IoT will play in the Facility of the Future
Advances in technology are redefining how facilities manage their energy assets. Internet of Things (IoT) platforms now make it possible for facilities to become more data-driven, improving building resiliency and reducing energy costs. That data at a facility manager’s fingertips (via a controllable dashboard) allow them to see if systems are working as required so that when called upon to provide backup power, there are no surprises and equipment works as needed. This session will explore the Facility of the Future and how IoT technology is redefining facilities management and allowing facility managers to take control their of their energy assets and energy future.
Paul Schuler, VP Customer Management, Blue Pillar
Intelligent Power Distribution in the Data Center
Along with the trends of increasing power densities per rack, higher operating temperatures, and new power distribution methodologies, there is an impact to risk mitigation strategies in the data center. We will discuss the top causes of IT equipment power loss, barriers to implementing intelligent management systems and technology changes that allow for scaling and upgrading both new and existing power distribution infrastructure.
Mike Jansma, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Enlogic Systems
Replacing Uninterruptible Power Supplies with Automatic Transfer Switches
Conventional practice calls for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to provide backup power to critical systems. While this approach works, automatic transfer switches (ATS) offer improved reliability, lower upfront acquisition costs and reduced operating costs. ATSs automatically switch from a primary to a secondary AC source in the event of primary power loss, and the proliferation of microgrids makes ATS an increasingly appealing choice. In this session, attendees will learn why they should consider selecting an ATS for their next critical application and how to choose the right one. We will discuss real life ATS examples, including how a major airport utilized 300 ATSs instead of UPSs and saw a 10-year savings of more than $10 million.
David Nystrom, Director of Special Projects, TSi Power Corp.
Clean Energy Back-Up Power Solutions: The Role of Advanced Fuel Cell Technology in Protecting 21st Century Critical Facilities and Networks
Organizations responsible for critical communications invest millions of dollars annually to guard against power loss; increasingly business leaders are demanding reliable, clean energy back-up power solutions that provide continuous, on-demand power. Fuel cells have long been envisioned as a potential source of clean, renewable energy, but have traditionally faced three seemingly insurmountable obstacles: high manufacture and catalyst costs, concerns regarding durability and an inability to automate mass production. Today, fuel cell technology has broken through all three barriers, and has effectively delivered reliable, low-cost, clean back-up power with solutions that meet the requirements of the most demanding telecommunications applications. With recent advances, Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology has proven to be an economical alternative to diesel generators and batteries, and particularly well-suited to rooftop deployments. Altergy’s PEM fuel cells have demonstrated improved total cost of ownership and durability, delivered uninterrupted clean energy during prolonged utility outages and simplified full compliance with EPA regulations.
Vito Coletto, Director of Sales, Altergy Systems
Designing for Critical Power Reliability
The high demands of system reliability coupled with expenditure restrictions and speed-to-market have made choosing the right power architecture more important than ever for critical facilities. Determining the required levels of customization and redundancy is the key to meeting these demands. There are many benefits and potential pitfalls associated with the decisions made when designing the system power architecture. Careful consideration needs to be given when making these decisions so that the solution meets the demands of the facility. This session will review the four commonly used system power architectures, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as methods of increasing system reliability and decreasing deployment time.
Doug Head, National Sales Manager, Data Centers, ASCO Power Technologies
Harnessing IoT and Predictive Analytics for Uninterrupted Service and Superior Energy Management
Providing uninterrupted service is a big challenge. To cope, businesses are turning to IoT sensors and data analytics to monitor operations, identify trends, generate real‐time alarms and preempt service disruptions. Access to remote devices, machines and assets enables businesses to collect real‐time data on equipment and sites, but its essential to translate M2Ms big data into actionable information. Algorithms, data mining, advanced predictive analytics, a knowledge base and application expertise must be applied to interpret the data so organizations can develop concrete actions that reduce operating costs, enhance reliability and extend asset life. Presentation to include example of battery monitoring.
Jonathan Quint, CEO and Co-Founder, Ontegrity
Protecting Your Business Efficiently With Rotary UPS
The presentation will focus on educating attendees on the highly efficient rotary power supplies application in the manufacturing process, healthcare, semiconductor and mission-critical markets. It will emphasize practical application of the technology through case studies, design and installation process, ROI and total cost of equipment ownership. Learn how to identify, budget and calculate the ROI for a rotary UPS system for use in a mission-critical facility. Hear why rotary UPS systems are the best business option for high power requirements of todays mission-critical environments.
Will Cisler, Vice President, Engineering, Hitec Power Protection, Inc.
Increasing Data Center Resilience While Lowering PUE
How can software help with data center resilience? Data center resilience used to be depended on hardware redundancy: two of everything. Now, companies are using software to improve resilience in two ways: building fault tolerance into their software, and using the What if capabilities of a DCIM monitoring solution. This session will focus on how DCIM monitoring software models the entire critical power chain, from the utility feeds, through the UPS and generator infrastructure to the power strips and identifying areas of risk based on actual power draws, identifying potential cascading failures in case of any element(s) going off line, being able to simulate and model critical power failures, and assessing the level of resilience of every part of the critical power chain. Through several case studies using real customers and numbers, well show how resilience can be increased while lowering PUE, through DCIM monitoring.
Sev Onyshkevych, Chief Marketing Officer, FieldView Solutions