Data Centers

Texas Christian U Deploys Module Power System for Data Center

Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX has implemented a modular electrical infrastructure system to support its new data center hall.

The university had limited space for its new data center, and the repurposed building in which it's housed "was not structurally designed to support the weight of a conventional data center electrical room," said Travis Cook, deputy CTO at TCU, in a prepared statement.

To supply power for the new data center with limited space, the university selected the CleanSource PowerHouse system from Active Power. The system "fit extremely well in the small space we had available outdoors, enabling us to maximize indoor space for computing power," said Cook.

The system consists of two 500 kilowatt purpose-built enclosures, each of which contain Active Power's CleanSource flywheel-based uninterrupted power supply (UPS), an automatic transfer switch and other equipment, and the redundant electrical design has A and B power feeds, according to information from the company.

The two systems shipped in November 2014 and arrived fully assembled and factory tested, "which reduced the total amount of time required to build and deploy our electrical plant," said Cook. The university first powered up the systems in January 2015.

RJ Adleman, vice president of global sales and marketing for Active Power claims the system "offers greater reliability and higher energy efficiency than a system using a legacy double conversion UPS."

Texas Christian University serves more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students at its 277-acre campus in Fort Worth, TX.

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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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