Best Practices for Data Center Commissioning with Load Banks

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If you operate a critical facility like a data center, you must use best practices during data center commissioning. By choosing the right load banks and vendor, you will improve reliability, availability, and efficiency of the primary and backup power systems.The most important best practice for data center testing and commissioning with load banks involves partnering with an experienced load bank company that focuses 100% on load bank testing. With data center commissioning experience, load bank partners can design the test, integrate testing into your project plan, and test all systems that affect performance before your data center goes on-line.A proven load bank provider can apply innovations in load bank testing solutions that produce actionable information and instill a high degree of confidence your systems will perform when needed. Experienced professionals can reduce project lead time and unnecessary expenses.Additional considerations:

  • Be sure to conduct comprehensive planning early in your data center commissioning project. We recommend planning for load bank testing during the project design phase.
  • Include all stakeholders in the planning process. Typical stakeholders include your data center’s facility management team, commissioning agent, equipment manufacturer, general contractor, electrical contractor, and load bank vendor.
  • Implement elements of your data center testing plan at each project phase.
  • Project Planning Phase – Finalize agreements, develop your budget and schedule, address commissioning requirements, clarify roles for each project phase, and develop a commissioning checklist.
  • Project Design Phase – Develop a written commissioning plan and ensure all parties approve the plan before construction.
  • Project Construction Phase – Perform factory acceptance testing on critical equipment, install equipment, and verify the load bank testing parameters for final commissioning.
  • Acceptance Phase – Conduct the commissioning test after equipment installation and when the system goes live to verify correct operation.
  • Facility Handoff – Incorporate the applicable commissioning load bank requirements into the preventative maintenance program and use the commissioning test data as a baseline for future testing. Develop a process for identifying and resolving post-commissioning issues.
  • Leverage technological innovations to accelerate your commissioning schedule and reduce total costs. Deploying the right load banks simulates the equipment electrical and thermal load characteristics. You can reduce setup time, improve safety, enhance operating efficiency, and lower maintenance costs.
  • Test medium voltage generators with medium voltage load banks to reduce cabling requirements and set-up and tear-down time.
  • Use remotely controlled load banks and wireless communication to reduce testing time and labor requirements.
  • Integrate power quality monitors to complete more tests in less time, collect more data, and reduce report generation time.
  • Incorporate water cooled load banks to allow for a smaller footprint in tight spaces.
  • Add data center load bank testing to your ongoing facility maintenance. In addition to implementing data center commissioning with load banks, be sure you conduct load bank testing regularly as part of your preventative maintenance program.

An experienced professional services firm like Comrent provides the latest load bank technology. We help you reduce overall data center commissioning costs and shorten the testing schedule.Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation to review your project and propose the right load bank solution for your requirements.

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