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Testing New Technologies to Reclaim Lost Energy

by Employee ‎01-27-2010 02:53 PM - edited ‎02-10-2010 11:32 AM

Verizon.Lineage.test.jpgHypothetical situation: Every time you make a purchase of anything (from milk to a new pair of bunny slippers) the money you hand the clerk gets converted into another currency.


Here's the problem: With each conversion you lose a minimum of seven percent and sometimes as much as double that. I bet you'd want to find a better, more efficient way to convert your money? The details may be fictional but the loss per conversion is very real when it comes to electricity.


Communications carriers, wireless operators and Internet service providers like Verizon must convert electricity from commercial alternating current to direct current (AC to DC) to power equipment.  Currently, that conversion process is inefficient resulting in overconsumption of energy and the unnecessary creation of heat, which then creates the need to cool the equipment area. 


Verizon is partnering with Lineage Power to test two new technologies that significantly decrease the electricity used in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. The first is a new more efficient rectifier (a piece of equipment essential to the AC to DC conversion process). The second is software that will help Verizon operate rectifiers at increased efficiency. The new technologies will be tested in five of Verizon's central office facilities across the country.


Efforts to improve the efficiency of power equipment are just the latest step taken by Verizon to reduce the environmental impact of our business.


Last year, Verizon became the first telecommunications company to mandate that the network equipment we buy be 20 percent more energy efficient. In effect, Verizon created an energy standard for network equipment in the industry. We also required that manufacturers use thermal modeling when designing circuit boards and equipment cabinets to be used in our network gear.


Overall, ICT facilities like those that keep our customers connected to what matters to them account for approximately 3 percent of all U.S. electricity use, according to Lineage Power. New innovations are making it to market each day, creating greater demand for Verizon's advanced networks. That's making it increasingly important to find new ways to increase energy efficiency.  









by 1TerryH on ‎01-28-2010 10:00 PM - last edited on ‎01-28-2010 10:53 PM by Moderator

Hello Jim,

I read the article about Verizon and Lineage power today. Kudos for making something happen that can affect us all. Especially loyal customers like myself.

One of the divisions of the company I work for has developed a core router that is every bit as powerful as the ones Vz buys from Cisco and Juniper. Only this one uses 80 less power. This product is deployed in several carriers including BT.   It is GA.

My question is who at Vz would be the right executive to shepherd a review of this product for Vz and yourself.?  

Email me and I will send you the exact details.

Terry Howard  {edited for privacy}

by Employee on ‎02-10-2010 11:49 AM

Hi, Terry. I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to respond. Thank you for your interest in Verizon. When you can, please send me a private message that includes some background on the router and your contact information and we'll get back to you.


Thanks again!

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