Lineage Power Corp. and Verizon Communications are partnering to test two new technologies that significantly decrease the amount of electricity used by information and communications technology (ICT) equipment.
To power this equipment, communications carriers, wireless operators, Internet service providers and large enterprises convert electricity from commercial alternating current to direct current. The current conversion process is inefficient, resulting in both the overconsumption of energy and the unnecessary creation of heat. The new technologies, which will be tested in five of Verizon's central office facilities, address that issue.
The technologies, part of Lineage Power’s Total EfficiencyTM Architecture, involve specially designed rectifiers and software that will increase the efficiency of the AC/DC conversion process to up to 97 percent, thus saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"This is important research in the area of energy efficiency, and Verizon is proud to support it," said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer for Verizon. "Two years ago, Verizon led the industry by creating the first-ever energy efficiency standards for telecom equipment. Our alliance with Lineage Power further demonstrates Verizon's commitment to ensuring that the most advanced global networks are also the most energy efficient."
Earlier this week, Lineage Power announced that it has been awarded a $2.4 million U.S. Department of Energy research and development grant that will fund the design, engineering, removal and installation costs, as well monitoring and research, associated with the tests of the new technologies.
The Lineage Power’s Total EfficiencyTM Architecture is estimated to save over a billion kilowatt hours annually by reducing power consumption and cooling costs within the estimated 23,000 telecom central offices across the country and large data centers.
"The mobile Internet and the optical networks that support it will continue to expand and accelerate to service seemingly insatiable subscriber demand for more real-time information," said Craig Witsoe, CEO of Lineage Power. "Verizon's thought leadership, coupled with Lineage Power technology and joint best practices, will ensure sustainability goals can be achieved for both new and existing communications infrastructures throughout the global ICT industry."
ICT facilities account for approximately 3 percent of all U.S. electricity use. Rapid growth in the U.S. data center industry is projected to require two new large power plants per year just to keep pace with the expected demand growth. Without gains in efficiency, the industry will face increasing costs and greenhouse gas emissions, along with challenges to the reliability of the electricity service.
About Lineage Power
Lineage Power Corporation, a Gores Group company, traces its heritage to AT&T, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Western Electric. Today, the company delivers reliable and intelligent power conversion solutions carrying on the tradition of patented innovation with energy-efficient AC/DC and DC/DC power modules, indoor/outdoor energy systems, and custom power products backed by local field expertise in 25+ locations worldwide. Designed for decades of non-stop operation, the high-availability DC power conversion solutions enable voice, video and data communications while assuring investment protection, total system efficiency, and significantly reduced total cost of ownership. More information about Lineage hardware, software, services and training is available at www.lineagepower.com.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 89 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 230,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.