Power-One Joins Climate Savers Computing Initiative; Supports 50% Computer/Server Power Use Reduction by 2010

November 28, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Power-One, Inc. announced that it has joined the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) as an Associate Member. The goal of the CSCI is to bring together industry, consumers, and conservation organizations to significantly increase the energy efficiency of computers and servers. CSCI Board of Director members include: Dell, Electronic Data Systems, Google, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Pacific Gas & Electric, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Bill Yeates, Power-One’s CEO, commented, "As a CSCI Associate Member, Power-One has committed to continue to produce power systems that meet or exceed the efficiency standards published each year by the initiative. Not only is this commitment important to our environment, it is also vital to the company’s financial performance since approximately 15% of Power-One’s 2007 revenues will ship to data server and storage applications."

Yeates continued, "Power-One solutions listed on the CSCI web site include: Z-One® Digital Power, ac-dc front ends, dc-dc bricks, and analog POLs; with many models already exceeding the CSCI efficiency goals for 2010. In addition to reducing energy consumption in servers, these products are part of Power-One’s overall commitment to provide a comprehensive range of energy-saving solutions to many industries, including renewable-energy solar and wind inverters, in support of improving our global environment."

The initiative’s energy efficiency benchmarks will initially follow the EPA’s Energy Star guidelines; but with increasing requirements during the next several years. For example, 2007 Energy Star specifications require that PC power supplies meet at least 80% minimum efficiency. The initiative would require a minimum of 90% by 2010. In addition, the initiative sets a higher efficiency target in the power supply for volume servers (1U and 2U single-socket and dual-socket systems); an increase from 85 to 92% efficiency by 2010.