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Stanford Research Computing Facility To Use Nearly 3 Megawatts of Highly Efficient UPS Systems

The new Stanford Research Computing Facility (SRCF), which is slated to open late next year, will feature nearly three megawatts of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. The high efficiency flywheel CleanSource UPS systems from Active Power will protect the high performance computing (HPC) clusters at the SRCF.

The SRCF will be located at Stanford University in California and will help support the computing needs of the university and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, which is operated by Stanford University and the Office of Science of the United States Department of Energy. Researchers at the university will use the HPC clusters for projects such as genome sequence analysis, protein modeling, computational fluid dynamic simulations, and economic modeling.

According to the Active Power site, the CleanSource UPS systems are up to 98 percent efficient due to their efficient topology and patented flywheel technology. The flywheel technology also has less than half the footprint of a conventional battery-based system. The implementation of UPS systems that use the more efficient 415 volt distribution fits within the SRCF's project design plan to use highly efficient infrastructure wherever possible.

"One of the inherent benefits of our patented UPS technology is its industry leading energy efficiency," said Doug Milner, president and CEO of Active Power, in a prepared statement. "This efficiency translates into a tangible economic benefit as it lowers energy costs which directly impact the customer's bottom line without sacrificing performance."

The CleanSource UPS systems will be delivered to the SRCF in the fourth quarter of 2012 and installed in the third quarter of 2013.

Further information about CleanSource UPS systems is available at activepower.com.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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