VIDEO: Schneider Electric partners with US Navy on energy efficiency

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Schneider Electric and the U.S. Navy have partnered on a comprehensive infrastructure improvement project to boost energy efficiency at the Naval Base Coronado and Naval Base San Clemente Island sites through a self-funding energy savings performance contract.

Once complete, the improvements will generate $114 million in guaranteed energy cost savings over the 19-year project term and will help the Navy meet many of its short and long-term strategic goals, including the Presidential Performance Contract Challenge.

This extensive project encompasses upgrades to 90 buildings across two sites off the Southern California coast, including data center and electrical upgrades, as well as renewable energy and traditional energy conservation measures.

The project will increase the reliability and capacity of mission critical facilities, reduce overall operational and maintenance costs and add renewable sources to the Navy’s energy portfolio, all without any additional appropriated funds. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.

A key component of the project includes upgrades to the Grace Hopper Data Center at NBC, one of the Navy’s largest and most mission critical data centers. The Navy will consolidate several data centers and improve the security of information stored and disseminated at the facility through greater reliability.

The project will reduce power usage effectiveness from 2.53 to 1.2 and lessen consumption of server floor area from 60 percent to 20 percent, making room for new IT equipment with built-in redundancy.

Specific infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements include the following:

·      6,300 lighting fixtures/controls

·      2,100 tons of cooling equipment

·      2,000 MBH boiler plant

·      476kW solar photovoltaic system

·      Two 5 MW substations

·      1.5 MW back-up diesel generator

·      Five performance optimized datacenters, including 72 IT enclosures, 30 in-row cooling units and 10 power distribution units

·      Building envelop upgrades including roof replacement

·      Control upgrades for all energy conservation measures and building systems, from lighting to solar PV, chillers, diesel generators and substations

These upgrades will not only help the Navy improve the reliability of mission critical sites, but will also enable them to meet congressionally mandated data center consolidation and renewable energy targets.

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