The LData busbar trunking system is an economical and flexible
alternative to conventional cables and gives operators a solution for
intelligent and future-proof power distribution. It is based on the technology
of the existing Siemens LD and BD2 systems from the Sivacon 8PS portfolio and
offers new features such as data center-specific tap-off units to easily and
flexibly connect additional server racks as well as the ability to transmit data
directly via the conductors.
The new busbar trunking system transmits not only power but also data such as current and diagnostic information, thereby contributing to the digitalization of the power distribution. It collects this energy data using communication-capable measuring and switching devices from the Sentron portfolio. Thanks to the integrated powerline technology, it transmits the data via standard communication protocols to high-level energy management systems as well as cloud-based systems for further processing and analysis. This data creates energy transparency and supports predictive maintenance by making energy saving potentials visible and counting operating hours, for example. Continuous monitoring enables possible faults, including those caused by defective components, to be detected and avoided at an early stage. This allows data centers to operate more efficiently and reliably. By transmitting data directly via the busbars, there is no need for additional data cables and complex wiring. This makes it possible to save planning and installation time as well as material costs. The use of conductors made of lighter and more cost-efficient aluminum instead of copper lowers material costs as well.
expected that by 2020 as many as 50 billion devices will be connected to the
Internet of Things. If you imagine 50 billion smartphones stacked on top of each
other, this device tower would almost reach to the moon. Because of this
enormous amount of data, the energy demand of data centers will continue to
rise in the years to come. This will make efficient power distribution more
critical than ever. Our solution is designed to meet the needs of the data
centers of tomorrow. LData transmits currents up to 2,500 A and can thereby transfer
higher volumes of electrical energy. Through choosing larger conductor cross-sections,
energy loss during transmission can be optimized at the same time. Furthermore,
the powerline technology allows operators to make energy consumption
transparent and optimize it continuously,” said Carsten Schwarz, Product Life
Cycle Manager for LData at Siemens Smart Infrastructure.
As a result
of the ever-increasing volume of data, it must be possible to scale systems
flexibly and cost-efficiently. Additional server racks can be supplied in the
data center via the tap-off units of the LData busbar trunking system. The
units can be installed via plug & play under voltage and without
interrupting operations – subject to national standards. A
variety of tap-off
units are available for LData, allowing data centers to be expanded quickly and
easily. Because of their compact design, the units can be placed either below
or on the sides of the busbars. This can be done along the entire length of a
busbar, e.g. at a spacing of 60 cm, corresponding to the grid of the server
racks. Special tap-off points are no longer necessary, eliminating the
associated planning and installation steps.