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Batteries & Flywheels: What is your best energy storage option?

By Ann Schneider, April 25, 2019

A mission critical facility’s greatest liability to maintaining uptime is power quality. But why is power quality so important to a Data Center’s operation? Because the quality of power to the IT equipment directly impacts the equipment performance, uptime, and potential damage to equipment. The key to power quality is choosing the right uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for the facility’s application. This post will focus on two different UPS technologies: battery and flywheel. The operational principle of a flywheel is a mechanical energy storage device that utilizes rotational momentum inertia to store and deliver back energy. Conversely, a battery is a chemical energy storage device that delivers and recharges by execution and reversal of a chemical reaction. Currently, the battery UPS is the most common energy storage technology with the most common battery type being lead-acid [1]. In this post, we will examine the benefits and shortfalls of each technology to identify their best application scenarios. Categories to be considered are the installed size, energy storage capabilities, lifespan, operating conditions, efficiency, and carbon footprint.

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Can Data Centers Save the World with Renewable Energy?

By Ann Schneider, April 23, 2019

Data centers have a significant impact on the global energy market. Current global data center consumption is higher than 2% of all electricity produced, and it is projected by Greenpeace to reach 13% of global electricity demand by 2030 [1]. As a result, data center design is uniquely positioned to influence renewable generation on a global scale positively. Large players in the industry such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have pledged to become ‘100% Renewable’ through a collaborative global initiative called RE100 [2]. We’ll discuss: why go renewable, how was it achieved, and where are the renewable data centers located?

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What do LEED® and CAI have in common?

By Carla Carrasquillo, April 18, 2019

Have you wondered what LEED® means, and why it has become such a widely used term?

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The Edge of Modular Data Centers

By Camelia Mititelu, April 9, 2019

The expansion of edge computing, powered by the Internet of Thing’s (IoT) uprising tide, brings the unique opportunity to turn a world full of data into a data-driven world. Many applications of IoT, such as industrial automation processes, smart healthcare, and self-driving cars, require a compute infrastructure that sits closer to the devices and users, to enable a quick response and to unload some of the processing work from the cloud centralized platforms. The same data center that reduced its footprint and migrated into the cloud a decade earlier is now returning to the network edge. According to research firm MarketsandMarkets, the edge computing market is expected to surge from $1.47 billion in 2017 to $6.72 billion in 2022, at a compounded annual growth rate of 35.4 percent. To this end, the innovation effort at the edge brings new products and services.

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Whitepaper: Funding Building Commissioning Efforts

By Jay Congdon, March 14, 2019

This whitepaper examines "The Capital Project Model - Limitations, Pitfalls, and Short Comings"  as it related to Building Commissioning efforts as well as "An Alternative Method - Combined Funding, Benefits, and Advantages."

 

Written by Jay Congdon, CEM, CEA, CBCPM, CBCP, EBCP, CMVP

Jay has 12 years of experience providing Building Commissioning and Energy Engineering services for new and existing buildings. He also has 21 years of service in the Navy performing engineering duties as a nuclear trained machinists mate serving as operator, maintenance technician, and supervisor and instructor on active submarines and on operational training platforms for enlisted personnel and officers in the nuclear power training program.

Jay also has 16 years of experience in GMP manufacturing facilities performing commissioning, validation, and quality department support services for manufacturing areas, facilities, and utilities in new and renovated facilities, for upgraded processes, new equipment, and modified equipment. He has extensive qualification work for clean rooms and environmental controls systems.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements: Operational Excellence through Preventive Human Performance Controls

By Harry Benson, March 8, 2019

Human error is inevitable, but root cause analysis of issues tells us that there are risk control elements which can reduce human error and mitigate the impact when it does occur. Although the need to reduce human error is apparent, and is frequently discussed in our industry, very little has been presented regarding actionable control strategies, or to make the business case for implementing these preventive actions.  While most of us recognize the need for controls like effective procedures and training, we don’t always appreciate how those two elements integrate with the other critical controls to drive predictable human performance.

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What does it take to inspire people to work safely?

By Michael Martin, January 29, 2019

Having led many large capital projects around the world that had very strong safety records, I was asked by an HSE leader about my approach for creating and inspiring a strong safety culture... this was my response:

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5 Major Factors in Choosing a Partner Firm to Help Accelerate Your Speed to Market

By David Shenberger, January 24, 2019

In the biotech industry today, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures are announced daily. Startup companies with viable molecules must decide early how they get a drug into trials, and eventually to the marketplace, as rapidly as possible. Contract research organizations (CROs), contract development and manufacturing companies (CDMOs), and dedicated contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) all offer options for the specific expertise needed to complete the research, product development, and process development necessary to successfully manufacture a new drug entity.

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Whitepaper: Six Mistakes Pharmaceutical Companies Make When Implementing Serialization

By Brian Stephens, January 22, 2019

The FDA’s 12 month delay in enforcing the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requirement for all RX products in cases to be serialized was meant to give industry more time to comply with the new regulation, but this extra time does not modify the Act or change the enforcement date of its later provisions.  The extra time may seem sufficient for companies who have delayed their serialization efforts, but many companies are finding serialization to be more involved than they expected, as they encounter unforeseen issues and delays during several phases of their project.  These problems have several causes, including the immature technology being used, the miscalculation of resources required to implement the system, and the failure to identify the system’s true capabilities until it is too late.  This whitepaper discusses common mistakes made before, during, and after the implementation of a serialization system and offers ideas to minimize or eliminate the problems associated with adding serialization to a supply chain.

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Are you too busy to fix your organization's asset management problems?

By John Hughes, January 8, 2019

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