GE To Reduce Annual Energy Consumption By More Than 11 Percent and Water Usage By 20 Percent in Company Data Center
Implementation of technology supports ecomagination initiatives to reduce company’s water and carbon footprint02/02/2009
Fairfield, CT – February 2, 2009 – GE today announced that its new technologies will save the company more than 11 percent of the current annual energy used for cooling at its Ohio data center. In addition, the new solution will save two to three million gallons of water – or 20 percent – while also reducing use of water treatment chemicals at the facility by 50 percent.
“GE technology can address more than 50 percent of data center energy usage from power supply, distribution, cooling and lighting, and its solutions can result in a 40 percent annual improvement in energy savings for non-IT systems,” said Greg Simpson, Chief Technology Officer, GE. “By combining cutting-edge products and technologies with an expertise in Building Management Systems, GE provides customers the solid foundation for any high technology infrastructure.”
GE’s Ohio-based data center features 29,000 square feet of raised floor – equivalent to six professional basketball courts – and includes more than 3,800 IT systems. The data center consumes 24 million kWh of power each year. To help with the reduction of water and energy, GE is updating the data center with nearly 30 products from nine different GE businesses, including power quality, chilled water, electrical, security and IT services equipment.
This data center effort is part of GE’s ecomagination business strategy, designed to build innovative technologies and solutions that help customers address environmental and financial needs and help GE grow. As part of the initiative, GE is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 1 percent by 2012 and reducing its water consumption by 20 percent by 2012. Since ecomagination's inception in 2005, GE has saved more than $100 million in energy costs; developed more than 70 ecomagination-certified products; and has earned $17 billion in revenues in 2008.
Simple, Holistic View of the Data Center
The automation solution installed at the data center will provide a simple view of all operations with drill-down capabilities into specific functional elements and equipment. Through a dashboard application, the data center is provided with summary, comparative, and location operational performance data so that challenges and improvement opportunities can be quickly identified, quantified and acted upon. Compliance reporting and the ability to address future requirements, as well as provide easy modifications to these reporting needs, was a necessity.
The Dashboard will have two main running views that can then be drilled down to the sensor level:
1) A simple visualization of all data centers that indicates both alarm condition by function, and various key performance indicatorsincluding KW usage versus capacity.
2) A more detailed look at an individual site, with deeper information by operational function - including a 13-month running trend of key operating metrics.
“Our immediate goal was to reduce cost,” said Simpson. “We needed to reduce water and electrical consumption and leverage ambient air for cooling during the winter months, reduce waste water and improve survivability to insure the data center doesn’t go down.” Other goals were to increase cooling capacity to keep pace with the growth of the number of servers, improve the center personnel’s ability to maintain the center efficiently, and automate manual processes.
To meet these needs, a team of professionals led by GE’s high-tech automation specialists, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, and including GE Water & Process Technologies, GE Lighting Systems, GE Digital Energy and GE Security, provided a comprehensive solution that can be replicated in other centers around GE and in other companies around the world.
The first phase of the data center solution will be completed this month with further functionality being added in the first half of 2009. The planned rollout will continue with implementations in other major GE data centers in Georgia, Connecticut and Budapest.
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified technology, media and financial services company dedicated to creating products that make life better. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, television programming, and plastics, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.
Elli Holman, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Lisa Lanspery, GE