Schneider Electric, APC open Green research center
The goal of the new Schneider Electric Technology Center is to build a central hub for data center research and other industry-wide projects aimed at bringing down the impact of information technology in the 21st century.
Schneider Electric and American Power Conversion recently opened the doors of a new, 100,000-square-foot research center aimed at creating the next generation of energy-efficient data center equipment and designs.
The goal of the new Schneider Electric Technology Center is to build a central hub for data center research and other industry-wide projects aimed at bringing down the impact of information technology in the 21st century. According to Andrew Fanara of EPA's Energy Star program, the business climate in the United States is shifting to the point that companies will soon pay a much higher price for the energy used by their data centers than they currently do.
“We are already seeing carbon schemes developing. There is no longer a semi-free lunch for data center energy consumption,” Fanara said.
The new research center will house, among other projects, researchers working to develop APC's InfraStruXure data center products, and will be made available to other IT companies to test their new products as well.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
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