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Technical Specs

Tech Specs
For Organizations

Power Management Requirements
For Computer and Server Manufacturers
For PSU Equipment Manufacturers

For Organizations

By joining the Initiative, our members commit to specifying systems that meet or exceed the latest ENERGY STAR specification for a majority of their corporate personal computer and volume server purchases. In addition to fulfilling purchase requirements, members also commit to use computer power management features whenever possible.

Because changing your organization’s purchasing requirements and implementing power management can be a significant undertaking, Climate Savers Computing offer new members a one-year grace period for compliance with the program criteria. The first-year ‘on-boarding’ period gives new members an opportunity to ramp up to the criteria requirements of the following year.

The tables below lists the minimum percentage of total procurements requested from Climate Savers Computing Initiative participants at each efficiency level in a given year.

PC efficiency purchase commitment requirements

 

Member’s first year July ‘10 –
June ‘11
July ‘11 –
June ‘12
July ‘12 –
June ‘13
July ‘13 –
June ‘14
July ‘14 –
June ‘15
Bronze (ENERGY STAR + 85% PSU) >=50% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Silver (ENERGY STAR + 88% PSU) >=80% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Gold (ENERGY STAR + 90% PSU) >=20% >=40% >=60% >=80% 100%

 

Volume-server efficiency purchase commitment requirements*

 

Member’s first year July ‘10 –
June ‘11
July ‘11 –
June ‘12
July ‘12 –
June ‘13
July ‘13 –
June ‘14
July ‘14 –
June ‘15
Silver (89% PSU + Energy Star Tier 1 Server qualified) >=10% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Gold (92% PSU + Energy Star Tier 1 Server qualified) >=20% >=40% >=80%** 100% 100%
Platlinum (94% PSU + Energy Star Tier 1 Server qualified) >=20% >=40% >=80% 100%

*Specifications are for volume servers that are 1S, 2S, 4S and blade servers.

**100% 12 months after ENERGY STAR V2.0 is final and published, includes next procurement cycle.

 

“Is final and published”: assumes 6 month period between when spec is final and when goes into effect.

 

Example:
A member who joins in December 2009 will need to ensure 50% of their Personal Computer purchases meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR specification. Once the one-year grace period is complete in December 2010, the member would be required to meet the existing criteria for the July’10-June’11 program year. If the member planned to buy 1,000 new desktop computers and 10 new servers in January 2011, they would break down as follows:

  • All 1,000 of the desktop computers should be Energy Star 5.0 qualified
  • Of the 1,000 desktop computers, 800 or more should have a power supply that is at least 85% energy-efficient (in addition to being Energy Star 5.0 qualified)
  • Of those 800 desktop computers, 200 or more should have a power supply that is at least 88% energy-efficient (in addition to being Energy Star 5.0 qualified)
  • Eight or more of the 10 new servers purchased should have a power supply that is at least 85% energy-efficient and be Energy Star Tier 1 Server Specification qualified.
  • Four or more of the 10 new servers should have a power supply that is at least 89% energy-efficient and be Energy Star Tier 1 Server Specification qualified.

Power Management Requirements

In addition to efficiency specifications, members must use power management features such as the “sleep” or “hibernate” settings on client computers, whenever possible. The Initiative’s power management policies recommend computers turn off the display and hard drive after 15 minutes of inactivity, and put the system into “sleep” mode after 30 minutes of inactivity. Members are given a one-year grace period for planning and piloting power management before broad deployment. At the conclusion of the one-year grace period, members are expected to meet the full requirements for power management deployment.

For Computer and Server Manufacturers

The baseline requirement for all Climate Savers Computing qualified PCs, laptops, and workstations is meeting the current effective ENERGY STAR specification.  Bronze, Silver, and Gold level systems must also meet the additional power supply unit (PSU) energy efficiency requirements outlined below.

Climate Savers Computing requirements for systems with non-redundant capable power supply units (non-redundant capable power supply units refers to a power supply that is not capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system; these systems typically include desktop PCs, thin clients, and workstations):
  1. Climate Savers Computing Bronze: Current effective ENERGY STAR specification PLUS an 85% minimum efficiency rating for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 82% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output) and a power factor of at least 0.9 at 50% of rated output.
  2. Climate Savers Computing Silver: Current effective ENERGY STAR specification PLUS an 88% minimum efficiency rating for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 85% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output) and a power factor of at least 0.9 at 50% of rated output.
  3. Climate Savers Computing Gold: Current effective ENERGY STAR specification PLUS a 90% minimum efficiency rating for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 87% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output) and a power factor of at least 0.9 at 50% of rated output.
Climate Savers Computing requirements for systems with redundant capable power supply units (redundant capable power supply unit refers to a power supply that is capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system; these systems typically are volume servers, including single, dual and 4 socket-servers in pedestal and rack form factors and blade servers capable of having up to four processors):
  1. Climate Savers Computing Silver: Volume servers must meet current effective ENERGY STAR server specification PLUS installed PSU that meets CSCI silver PSU requirements. See below under equipment manufacturer specifications.
  2. Climate Savers Computing Gold: Volume servers must meet current effective ENERGY STAR server specification PLUS installed PSU that meets CSCI gold PSU requirements. See below under equipment manufacturer specifications.
  3. Climate Savers Computing Platinum: Volume servers must meet current effective ENERGY STAR server specification PLUS installed PSU that meets CSCI platinum PSU requirements. See below under equipment manufacturer specifications.

PSU Equipment Manufacturers

System manufacturers participating in the Climate Savers Computing Initiative have committed to working to develop products that meet or exceed the Initiative’s Program Criteria. The following system types are currently included in the Climate Savers Computing specifications:

  • Clients (typically featuring non-redundant capable PSUs; non-redundant capable PSU refers to a power supply that is not capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system)
  • Workstations (typically featuring non-redundant capable PSUs; non-redundant capable PSU refers to a power supply that is not capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system)
  • Single, dual and 4 socket-servers in pedestal and rack form factors (redundant capable and non-redundant capable PSUs. Redundant capable PSU refers to a power supply that is capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system; non-redundant capable PSU refers to a power supply that is not capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system)
  • Blade servers capable of having up to four processors
  • Note that Climate Savers Computing has not defined a separate client specification for laptop computers. Laptops are covered by the ENERGY STAR external PSU requirements.

The tables below outline the required efficiency levels for power supply units (both non-redundant capable and redundant capable; non-redundant capable refers to a power supply that is not capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system while redundant capable power supply units refers to a power supply that is capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system) at various loading conditions and power factor levels. In order for systems to comply with Climate Savers Computing specifications, systems must feature power supplies at the efficiency levels outlined in the charts below.

Non-redundant Capable Power Supply Unit* (Current criteria)

Loading Condition Bronze Silver
Target efficiency level starting July 2009
Gold
Target efficiency level starting July 2010
Efficiency Power Factor Efficiency Power Factor Efficiency Power Factor
20% 82% 0.8 85% 0.8 87% 0.8
50% 85% 0.9 88% 0.9 90% 0.9
100% 82% 0.95 85% 0.95 87% 0.95

 

Non-redundant Capable Power Supply Unit* (Legacy criteria)
Loading Condition Base
Efficiency Power Factor
20% 80%
50% 80%
100% 80% 0.9

*Non-redundant capable PSU refers to a power supply that is not capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system.

 

Redundant Capable Power Supply Unit** (Current criteria)

Loading Condition Silver Gold Platinum
Efficiency Power Factor (<=1000W) Efficiency Power Factor (<=1000W) Power Factor (>1000W) Efficiency Power Factor (<=1000W) Power Factor (>1000W)
10% 75% 0.65 80% 0.65 0.65 82% 0.65 0.8
20% 85% 0.8 88% 0.8 0.8 90% 0.8 0.9
50% 89% 0.9 92% 0.9 0.9 94% 0.9 0.9
100% 85% 0.95 88% 0.95 0.95 91% 0.95 0.95

 


Redundant Capable Power Supply Unit** (Legacy criteria)

Loading Condition Bronze Silver
Efficiency Power Factor Efficiency Power Factor  (>1000W)
10% 75% 0.8
20% 81% 85% 0.9
50% 85% 89% 0.9
100% 81% 0.9 85% 0.95

 

**Redundant capable PSU typically refers to a power supply that is capable of operating in parallel to provide redundant power to a system (1U/2U single, dual, four-socket and blade servers).

The protocol for testing internal power supply efficiency is available at http://efficientpowersupplies.epri.com/pages/Latest_Protocol
/Generalized_Internal_Power_Supply_Efficiency_Test_Protocol_R6.2.pdf
.