ABB invests in breakthrough technology for data centre energy efficiency
ABB has purchased a controlling interest in US based Validus DC Systems, a provider of direct current (DC) power infrastructure equipment for energy intensive data centres.‘DC systems provide data centres with a game changing advantage in both operational and capital cost savings and we believe they will be widely adopted in this energy intensive industry,’ said Tarak Mehta, head of ABB’s Low Voltage Products division.
Data centres can use 100 times more electricity than a similar size office building. DC technology can improve their energy efficiency by 10 to 20 per cent compared with AC systems by trimming power conversion losses. It also reduces power equipment, installation, real estate and maintenance costs, resulting in a saving on total facility costs of up to 30 per cent.
‘With ABB’s strong financial backing, their long term experience in DC technology in other industries, as well as their highly skilled technical support and vast market reach, we can quickly expand the availability of our DC systems to cost challenged data centres worldwide,’ said Rudy Kraus, CEO, Validus DC Systems.
This is ABB’s second recent investment in technology related to data centre power infrastructure following the September 2010 investment in Power Assure, a developer of power management and optimisation software for data centres. The investment in Validus DC Systems was made through ABB Technology Ventures, the company’s venture capital arm, which invests in strategically interesting early and growth stage companies.
ABB has also made VC investments in companies working in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, smart grid communications, wave power generation, cyber security for utilities and wind farm efficiency. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction, which includes an option for ABB to fully acquire Validus.