DOE Picks Eaton and HP for $7.4 M IT Efficiency Grant

Eaton Corporation is collaborating with HP on a federally funded project to improve energy efficiency in information technology (IT) systems.

Among the 14 projects chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy, the joint proposal will receive a $7.4 million grant.

The project will develop a fully enclosed IT rack system that provides its own internal power and cooling. High voltage and chilled water will act as the primary inputs to the system, and it will accept alternative energy power sources, such as wind and solar power. A major benefit of this system is a 38 percent reduction in energy use to support a 100 kilowatt (kW) IT load, which equals a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 400 tons annually.

"HP and Eaton are working to introduce new technologies that will help businesses reduce power consumption by as much as 40 percent, lower costs and extend the life of data centers, decreasing the need for new facilities," said Doug Oathout, vice president of Converged Infrastructure, HP. "With this grant, Eaton and HP's combined expertise will enable us to create an innovative technology solution that increases energy efficiency and meets government mandates to reduce carbon emissions while diminishing the need to build new power plants to support data centers."

The grant is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will pay for development and demonstration projects in equipment and software, power supply chain and cooling.

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