Data Center Power Distribution Patent

According to recent research, Data Centers may be responsible for consuming 20% of all available electricity in the world by 2025!  Data Centers have become a primary resource for virtually every business on the planet. Experts warn that Data Centers will consume three times as much energy over the next decade than they do currently. Data Center power needs are massive - not just for powering servers, but also for cooling, fire suppression, and data distribution equipment. 

Hoosier industry innovators Alex Carroll and Rich Banta of Lifeline Data Centers are working hard to reduce these energy burdens by redesigning the power distribution systems utilized in Data Centers. In fact, their unique approach has been recognized internationally… and they were just awarded a Patent for their innovation in Data Center Power Distribution. (U.S. Patent No. 10,243,397).

Lifeline Data Centers engineered a system that is redundant, scalable, and can be easily isolated in the event of a failure in the local electrical grid. The system is composed of redundant energy feeds, uninterruptible power supplies, solar power, repurposed diesel engines and generators, automated bus transfer equipment and uninterruptible power supplies… able to sustain both their Data Center’s critical systems and all of their clients in the event of an extensive grid outage. 

U.S. Patent No. 10,243,397 Abstract

A data center power distribution system is disclosed. Utility power normally supports the devices (load) in the data center, but when utility power fails, backup energy from a generator and/or flywheel smooths out the supply. Each utility main/backup combination feeds one or more breakers, and each breaker supplies power to two or more servers, where each server receives redundant power input from to such breaker paths. In some embodiments, synchronization buses are absent between the breaker and the server. Redundant and well valved plumbing leads chilled supply water from chiller plants to air handlers (in some embodiments, through an isolation manifold) and back while enabling isolation of leaks and equipment failures. A special air handler design contains water and efficiently moves cooled air into the operational space of the data center.

This News is Revolutionary for Several Reasons:

  • Lifeline Data Centers is both privately-owned and Indiana-owned, the only data center of its size locally-owned and operated.
  • Lifeline Data Centers energy efficiency and patented distribution leads they industry - topping technology innovation giants such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Lifeline Data Centers has also integrated a 4MW solar array into their flagship Eastgate campus, roughly enough energy to power 3,000 homes
  • Rich Banta and Alex Carroll, co-founders of Lifeline Data Centers, speak nationally and internationally on data center innovation - driving the industry.
  • Lifeline Data Centers designed and implemented an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Shield on their newest data center opening in Fort Wayne (Patent Pending).

If you'd like to interview Rich and Alex about the patent, their innovation’s impact on the environment, the impact it can have on the industry, their international recognition, or any other topic associated with energy efficiency, engineering, compliance, and data centers… please contact us and we can schedule an interview.

About Lifeline Data Centers

Lifeline Data Centers is Indiana’s only locally-owned, locally-operated, and locally-founded Data Center and Cloud Services Provider. The team and facility have been awarded the federal government’s highest recognition for compliance, including FEDRamp-Ready for PaaS. Rich Banta has been recognized as one of the, if not the most, certified data center and compliance experts in the world. 

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.
Alex Carroll