Georgia State University's Network Operations Center Selects CoolAirBack-Up Power Solution
Active Power, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACPW - News), a battery-free backup power solutions company, recently announced that it has signed a CoolAir(TM) UPS usage plan agreement with Georgia State University (GSU). The usage agreement, in contrast to a standard purchase agreement, eliminates a large upfront capital expenditure and allows GSU to use the CoolAir equipment for a specified period of time for a fixed, predictable annual price that includes extended warranty and maintenance coverage.
With space limitations and the demand for power increasing, GSU turned to Active Power for a solution that would integrate more effectively into the facility's Network Operations Center, and offer a cleaner, more reliable alternative to typical battery-based systems. Facing additional constraints from available air conditioning systems, GSU also had to determine how to mitigate their increasing heat load in the center. While typical UPS systems introduce additional heat into the protected environment, CoolAir UPS, by providing cool air during discharge, offers a compelling solution to rising thermal loads within data centers.
"We came into this project with the paradigm that an expensive static UPS solution with batteries was our only option," said Jerry Allen, manager of Georgia State University's Network Operations Center. "When we learned of Active Power's unique approach to the problem in terms of battery-free technology and flexible purchase options, our paradigm quickly shifted. As a university dedicated to shaping the future, we're very excited about being one of the first to adopt this new way of thinking about solving the power quality and reliability equation."
Active Power's patented Thermal and Compressed Air Storage (TACAS) technology, incorporated into the CoolAir DC product, uses environmentally- benign thermal energy and compressed air to spin a small expansion turbine and provide 80kW of backup power for up to 15 minutes. When coupled with the double-conversion Active Power UPS, the result is CoolAir UPS, an extended runtime power quality solution that will provide backup power in the event of a power utility outage.
"Georgia State University had both capacity and environmental challenges to meet in their backup power requirements," stated Jim Clishem, CEO and President of Active Power. "At Active Power, we've dedicated ourselves to solving these problems, while also dramatically increasing reliability and lowering total cost of ownership. We look forward to helping Georgia State realize their goals, while also contributing to their bottom line by saving them time and money in their day-to-day operations of running a world-class campus."
"CoolAir appears to be a breakthrough product," said Farah Saeed, the program manager for the backup power sector for Frost & Sullivan. "The ability to provide backup power while simultaneously discharging cool air is a winning combination for data center managers."
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