| I believe that I have seen some posts here regarding data center power in | the UK. I'm curious to find out what input voltage and configuration is | commonly used for single phase computer power supplies in large data | centers. | | In the US, it's common to use switching power supplies with an input range | of about 95 to 240V. This covers single phase voltage of 110V or 220V. It | also allows operation from a 208V 3-phase delta source (line to line). The | same supply could also operate from 400V 3-phase wye with a line to neutral | voltage of 230V. Is this common for the UK? If so, are unbalanced neutral | currents a problem? Are any other configurations common? Thanks in advance.
There are two kinds of SPSs that support international voltages. One kind has continuous voltage support. The other is switched (maybe automatically) and only supports two narrower ranges. This latter kind may not work so well on 208 volts.
Larger computers (using 2 kVA or more) often are designed to operate from
208 volts or 240 volts (e.g. don't even accept 120 volts).
Operating from 208 volts means no current on the neutral since it is not connected to these loads. There will be no neutral harmonics. There will be harmonics on the phase lines, but that will be 2/3 of what would be on the neutral, though double what would be if 120 volt loads were used.
I'd prefer to operate full range (100 to 240 volts continuous) SPSs on a
240 volt circuit. That will give the added advantage of brownout operation, though the average current will go up when that happens.
They should have required the country to switch everything to 240 volts in the latest Energy Bill that will ban glass bulb heaters in 2012 to 2104.