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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.


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January 15, 2011 |

Emerson Network Power Extends EC Plug Fans to Certain Down-Flow Cooling Systems

The Liebert CW and Liebert DS data center cooling systems will now be able to employ the EC plug fans for automatic cooling capacity adjustments.

Emerson Network Power has extended electrically commutated (EC) plug fans to all down-flow models of Liebert CW and Liebert DS cooling systems. The company says this will enable data centers of all sizes to “automatically adjust cooling unit capacities to match the IT server demands and improve energy savings and power usage effectiveness.”

EC plug fans are a backward-curved, motorized impeller powered by a direct drive DC motor with integrated AC-DC conversion. The Emerson Network Power implementation of this technology enables the fan assembly to be lowered below the raised floor rather than remaining in its shipment configuration of being within the unit.

Emerson Network Power says this lowered condition reduces the energy consumption of the fan system an additional 10 percent.†

The Liebert CW, a chilled water-based computer room air handling unit, uses the building chilled water supply as the cooling source. It is available in up-flow and down-flow configurations and in cooling capacities up to 400 kW.

Previously, only the largest down-flow models were available with optional EC plug fan. With this extension, however, they are now available in all down-flow models from 26-400 kW.

The Liebert DS, a refrigerant- based direct expansion (DX) computer room air conditioning unit, uses Digital Scroll variable capacity compressor technology as its primary method for cooling. It is available in up-flow and down-flow configurations and in cooling capacities up to 105 kW.†

With this announcement, all down-flow units are now available with optional EC plug fans. The use of the variable capacity compressors enables the fan speed to be automatically adjusted during operation—based on the IT server demand—down to 60 percent cubic feet per minute (CFM) without the coils freezing.

The Liebert CW and Liebert DS both utilize the Liebert iCOM control system that enables multiple control algorithms depending upon the type of sensors connected. The most common advancements during the past several years include supply temperature control and utilizing sensors in the cold aisle to independently control the precision cooling unit’s supply temperature while matching the CFM requirements of the IT servers.

The Liebert iCOM control also enables units to communicate and operate as a system to provide maximum control of temperature and humidity across a room or zone of influence while optimizing cooling efficiency. With intelligent control capabilities, data center managers can tune their cooling systems to dynamically adjust airflow patterns by controlling the speed of the EC plug fans to allow cooling unit capacities to adapt quickly to changing room conditions.

“Independent tests of the energy efficiency of different types of fan systems found that in raised-floor data centers, the EC plug fan offers the lowest annual operating cost,” explains Fred Stack, vice president of marketing for Emerson Network Power’s Liebert precision cooling business.

According to Stack, when the Liebert CW has its EC fans lowered below the floor, and the Liebert iCOM reduces the fan speed by only 20 percent, the system’s Sensible Coefficient of Performance (SCOP) was improved from 10.4 to 20.5. SCOP is the efficiency metric defined in ASHRAE Standard 127-2007, which establishes a uniform set of requirements for rating computer and data processing room unitary air conditioners.

With the Liebert CW and Liebert DS, customers may also purchase remote monitoring service equipment. Remote monitoring enables the experts at Emerson Network Power to proactively monitor systems, troubleshoot potential issues, and diagnose and respond to problems.

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