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DCD>Critical Power Virtual Conference

July 21, 2020 - July 23, 2020

From July 21-23, DCD will host a virtual conference dedicated to content on powering data centers. Listen to the leading experts on mission critical power from around the world discuss the latest approaches to building high availability data center facilities. Uncover best practices across the whole power train from sub-station to server, including onsite power generation, energy storage and virtual power systems.

With 27 free-to-view expert sessions, this virtual conference is hosted on DatacenterDynamics’ fully interactive platform. You’ll be able to participate in live thought-leadership sessions, 1-2-1 networking and roundtable discussions with over 1,000 other virtual delegates. Morrison Hershfield will participate in two panel sessions during this conference.

Webinar Panel: The future of UPS; where’s the innovation coming from and who is leading the charge? – Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 pm

The uninterrupted power supply serves two crucial purposes: to protect equipment from voltage spikes and provide short-term power in an outage. How much time is need (ride through time) is often up for debate, and a minority even argue that data centers could be built without this critical element of power infrastructure. However with the cost of unplanned downtime on the rise as we all become more dependent on digital services, the UPS is a frontline investment.

A panel of experts will discuss the next generation of UPS systems that will come to market (lithium, sodium, super-capacitors and the rest) and their relative merits for deployment in the data center, how older technologies can be phased out and what the implications are for resilience, sustainability and the bottom line.

Presented by: Mike Mosman, P.E., Vice President, Electrical Engineering Critical Facilities at Morrison Hershfield together with Chris Brown of Uptime Institute and Stephen Worn of DatacenterDynamics

Webinar Panel: What role can energy diversification play in helping to build organizational resilience? – Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 pm

In July 2019, the most densely populated city in the United States – New York City, suffered a major power blackout across its most recognized neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan. The blackout was caused by a transformer malfunction at a substation. One way to mitigate these dangers is to make utility infrastructure less susceptible to single points of failure and whilst a transformation in grid design to bolster power reliability and redundancy would be welcome, the political will and economic investment needed to modernize major infrastructure often fall short.

The panel will dive into several topics including: How are owner-operators coping with a lack of control over power reliability at grid level? Is a diverse energy mix becoming more of an option – and a reality to help offset energy dependence on carbon? How will Governor Cuomo’s plan for the state to source 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 impact how computing infrastructure is powered and cooled? How are utility providers helping guard against blackouts and are there successful case studies from other regions which the New York’s grid authorities can learn from?

Presented by: Bruce Edwards, R.A., Morrison Hershfield Special Projects Consultant together with Ahmad Mousa of PSEG, Corinne DiDomenico of NYSERDA and Stephen Worn of DatacenterDynamics


July 21, 2020
July 23, 2020
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