ABB Australia announces that the global power and automation technology group ABB has acquired a controlling interest in the US-based Validus DC Systems, a leading provider of direct current (DC) power infrastructure equipment for energy-intensive data centres.
ABB’s major stake in Validus DC Systems provides innovative electrical distribution technology that lowers total facility costs by up to 30%.
DC technology is substantially more energy-efficient than traditional alternating current (AC) technology for electrical distribution, besides being less complex and requiring less space and equipment. DC systems offer considerable additional savings in real estate and capital expenditure.
The investment in the Brookfield, CT-based Validus complements ABB’s strong technology platform to bolster its entry into the $24 billion market for telecommunications and data centre power infrastructure.
According to Tarak Mehta, head of ABB’s Low Voltage Products division, DC systems provide data centres with a game-changing advantage in both operational and capital cost savings. ABB believes that the technology will be widely adopted in this energy-intensive industry.
Data centres can use 100 times more electricity than an office building of similar size. DC technology can improve their energy efficiency by 10-20% compared to AC systems by trimming power conversion losses.
Additional reduction in power equipment, installation, real estate and maintenance costs total up to 30% saving on facility costs without compromising reliability.
Rudy Kraus, Chief Executive Officer of Validus DC Systems says that ABB’s strong financial backing, their long-term experience in DC technology in other industries, as well as their highly-skilled technical support and vast market reach will help Validus quickly expand the availability of their DC systems to cost-challenged data centres worldwide.
The Validus stake is ABB’s second recent investment in technology related to data centre power infrastructure following the September 2010 investment in Power Assure, a developer of power management and optimisation software for data centres.