GE Energy accelerates telecom infrastructure energy efficiency

GE Energy announced the launch of Retrofit Power Systems
(RPS) designed to accelerate energy efficiency upgrades across telecom outside
plants, cell sites and central offices.

The new Retrofit Power Systems help carriers
cost-effectively achieve their sustainability objectives through Total
Efficiency technology estimated to save over a billion kilowatt hours annually
by reducing telecom power consumption and cooling costs.

“While the promise of reducing energy loss by
50-plus percent and utility bills by 15-20 percent is very enticing, the
thought of having to replace the entire power system is not,” said Dan
Ludwick, GM of GE Energy’s Telecom Energy Systems business.

“Retrofit Power Systems achieve the efficiency
improvements and utility savings, while enabling legacy telecom DC power plants
to be upgraded to modern rectifiers and controller technology, leaving the
distribution, shelves and frame in place,” Ludwick added.

Traditional approaches to telecom power plant energy
efficiency upgrades often require complete replacement of the entire power
system — an expensive, capital intensive and time consuming endeavor.

The new Retrofit Power Systems from GE Energy
allow existing installations to experience all the benefits of switching to
Total Efficiency Switch Mode Rectifiers with minimal cost and disruption, while
preserving existing cabling and distribution investments. RPS configurations
are available to retrofit deployed telecom energy systems from AT&T, Delta,
Emerson, Lineage Power, Lorain, Lucent, PECO II and Tyco Electronics.

Moreover, equipment leasing financial options available
through GE Capital ensure telecoms can optimize their CAPEX budget, while in
many cases funding the monthly lease payment from the utility savings achieved
by upgrading legacy DC telecom energy systems. A Cost of Power calculator
demonstrates how Total Efficiency investments may deliver 1-2 year return on
investment payback periods.

The mobile Internet and the optical networks that support
it continue to expand and accelerate to service seemingly insatiable subscriber
demand for more real-time video, voice and data information. Telecom carriers,
wireless operators, Internet service providers and cable broadband operators
convert electricity from commercial grid alternating current (AC) to direct
current (DC).

GE Energy’s Retrofit Power Systems achieve energy
efficiency approaching 97 percent during the AC-DC conversion process, thus
saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Information technology and
telecommunications facilities account for approximately 120 billion kilowatt
hours of electricity annually — or 3 percent of all U.S. electricity use.

GE Energy Retrofit Power Systems are approved for
deployment with contract pricing at AT&T, CenturyLink, FairPoint, Frontier,
Verizon and other service providers. Ready-to-ship configurations of the RPS
power plants, with associated professional services and training, can be
rapidly deployed within weeks at outside plant, cell site and central office

Recently, GE entered into an agreement to acquire Lineage
Power Holdings from The Gores Group. The $450 million Lineage Power is a
provider of high-efficiency power conversion infrastructure technology and
services for the telecommunications and data center industries.

As a result of the deal, GE Energy technology will be
deployed in the power conversion space, valued at $20 billion per year, where
the growth in cloud computing and mobile Internet voice, video and data
applications is driving demand for reliable, high-quality power.

By Team
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