UPS/standby power/batteries

  • Why the modular approach is becoming more important than UPS efficiency

    Operating efficiency is now a generic ‘tick-box’ specification when comparing uninterruptible power supplies. Within the data centre market, the ability to easily expand a UPS system is becoming a more important consideration, fuelled by virtualisation and the launch of new modular UPS systems. Robin Koffler, director of the Thamesgate Group, explains

  • Resilience, efficiency and scalability in data centre UPS systems

    Operating in a fiercely competitive industry means data centre operators are under enormous pressure to keep operating costs low and, in this environmentally conscious era, they are also under pressure to minimise the environmental impact of their operations. It is not hard to see that energy efficiency is the key to responding effectively to these pressures, but energy efficiency is not and can never be the sole goal of data centre operations. Data centre operators also want their systems to be readily scalable so that they can respond quickly and cost-effectively to the seemingly inexorable growth in demand for their services and, overarching all of these requirements is the need for near 100% availability.

  • UPS basics

    Budgeting for electricity, securing adequate supplies of it and finding ways to use less of it are all common topics of conversation among data center operators. Ensuring that the power their IT resources rely on is both dependable and clean, sadly, can sometimes be an afterthought. In truth, however, power sags, surges and outages are not only unavoidable but more than capable of damaging valuable IT equipment and bringing productivity to a halt.

  • Advanced UPS systems for cloud and hybrid IT

    The pace of change throughout the IT industry continues to accelerate, and data centres are no exception. Artur Faust, product manager 3-phase UPS, Data and IT Solutions at AEG Power Solutions, explains

    Rapidly evolving business cases require IT to align with updated priorities in the short term – whether that is cloud computing, virtualization, social media or hybrid IT. Data centres must be flexible, and must be able to respond to change in only a few weeks rather than many months. System utilisation can vary significantly at a moment's notice, and systems must cope.

  • Win a copy of the definitive technical guide to modern day high availability UPS solutions

    In partnership with Electrical Review, the UK’s leading provider of critical power protection solutions, Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd, a Kohler company, is offering you the chance to win one of 50 copies of the fourth edition of The UPS Handbook, the independent guide to modern UPS and critical power protection solutions.

    The latest edition, which has been extensively updated for 2014, details current and future UPS technology and topology and sets the scene for the power protection industry over the next five years. The UPS Handbook is the power protection industry’s most highly respected guide to

  • West Sussex cuts running costs by 75% with latest UPS

    Any shift in an organisation’s circumstances can result in significant changes to its data storage and processing requirements. In turn, this can have a knock-on effect on the UPS equipment used to support the critical load and maintain 24/7 availability. Combine this potential shift in demand with an aging, inefficient UPS system and there is often the opportunity to make significant savings to operating expenditure, energy consumption and carbon emissions through the use of the latest ‘green’ UPS technology,

  • Eaton to play key role in UPS assessment for EC’s Green Products Initiative

    Power management company Eaton has announced it is participating in the pilot phase of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) assessment for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) under the European Commission’s new ‘Single Market for Green Products’ Initiative. The PEF is one of two approaches proposed under the initiative for establishing EU-wide measures of environmental performance for both products and organisations. Eaton is one of a consortium of volunteer stakeholders involved in the three-year testing period of the PEF for UPSs, which began on 4th November 2013, and will help to determine and test EU-wide Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs), compliance and verification systems, and communication methods.

  • Expanded rotation UPS Range

    Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) specialists, Borri has unveiled the latest upgrade to its high efficiency rotation series. Replacing the former Rotation+ 6-10kVA, the new plug ‘n’ play B500R UPS solution has been designed using the most technically advanced components available, enabling it to achieve industry leading power resilience and up to 98% operational efficiency.

    Incorporating the safest mode of operation, online double conversion as well as ECO modes, the flexible Borri B500R UPS units have a 0.9 output power factor and are proven to achieve 28% more useable power than other comparable UPS systems. Its ECO functions can also help businesses to significantly cut energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

  • Meeting UPS operator priorities in micro and medium data centres

    A survey of data centres decision-makers has found that their key priorities for introducing new technologies and solutions are availability, energy efficiency, reduced operating costs and future-proofing for expected IT growth. Here, Kenny Green,technical product manager at UPS Ltd, a Kohler Company looks at how these priorities can be met for data centre UPS systems up to 1 MVA by specifying modular solutions such as UPSL’s PowerWAVE 9000DPA Series

    Data centres are continuously being called on to support ever larger and more critical loads, while being more efficient in doing so. Operators are introducing new technologies and solutions to meet these challenges, but what are their key metrics for success? To answer this, a survey has been conducted across over 4000 decision makers involved in the design, construction and operation of critical data centres across North America and EMEA to identify their views on these key priorities.

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  • Gamatronic – the up and coming company in the the UK UPS market

    Interview with GamatronicUK’S general manager Meir Malinsky

    Meir, Who is Gamatronic, please give us a little bit of feedback about the company: 

    Gamatronic is a worldwide manufacturer of Power Equipment: UPS, AC-DC  Power Systems,  DC-AC Inverter systems as well as customised UPS for markets like data centres, marine, oil and gas and others. All Gamatronic products are researched, developed, engineered and manufactured in house by Gamatronic.  Gamatronic operates globally in over 80 countries but with a very locally oriented philosophy. Gamatronic UK – owned 100% by Gamatronic International – also follows this orientation to specialise in local needs. It was founded in 2001, meaning we have had a presence in the UK market for over 12 years now. Since I took the helm 2 years ago a lot of changes have taken place in the company regarding product, pricing and technical support. For the better of course.

    You are known on the market more for modular UPS manufacture? Is this true ?

  • Unlocking the potential of Lithium Ion batteries

    Critical equipment and applications that need to run continuously can’t rely solely on mains supply; additional energy solutions in the form of battery backup are also required. The high energy density of Lithium-Ion battery technology is an ideal solution for applications where energy reliability, flexibility and safety are paramount. Here, Neil Oliver, technical marketing manager at Accutronics explains how these energy solutions can be the future of applications in sectors such as medical and healthcare, defence, security, industrial and backup electronics

  • An integrated generator and UPS - secure power system

    PnuPower has used its extensive knowledge of battery free UPS systems to develop an extended power system that integrates a diesel generator and an industrial UPS into a single integrated system designed to be placed outside. The Extended Power System (EPS) has the option of eliminating batteries with the use of ultra-capacitors and can offer runtimes of up to 100 hours.

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  • Megawatt scale Li-ion batteries shape up for real-world PV grid integration projects

    Michael Lippert, of Saft’s Energy Storage System business, draws on practical experience in Europe and the US to explain how the correct sizing and selection of operational mode are crucial to the successful deployment of large scale Li-ion based energy storage systems

  • Steatite Batteries

    Steatite Batteries

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    Contact: +44 (0) 1460 980 100

  • Li-ion batteries specified for new small platform GEO satellites

    Saft has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Boeing to build Li-ion battery packs for four new 702SP communications satellites. The technology-rich 'small platform' satellites, designed to operate in the 3- to 8-kilowatt power range, are being developed by Boeing for Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex).

  • Lithium-ion batteries selected to support NYC smart grid demonstration program

    Saft, a designer and manufacturer of high-tech industrial batteries, has been selected by Green Charge Networks (GCN) to support its role in a $92 million smart grid demonstration project. The project is being led by New York’s Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) — one of the nation’s largest investor‐owned energy companies. Green Charge Networks (GCN) is a leader in smart grid, and energy storage and management technology, with a particular expertise in electric vehicle charging.

  • Saft begins deliveries of first lithium-ion batteries produced by new Jacksonville plant

    Saft, a designer and manufacturer of high-tech industrial batteries, has just started shipping the first cells to roll off the production lines at the world’s most advanced automated lithium-ion battery factory, in Jacksonville, Florida. The first deliveries from Jacksonville have included hundreds of cells for battery assembly for European customers.

    “Starting volume industrial-scale deliveries to customers from the Jacksonville plant opened in September this year confirms the sound foundations we have put in place, both in terms of the advanced production technology we have implemented and the team of people we brought together to run it,” said Dan Miller, Jacksonville operations manager. “We are now ramping up production to the volume of cells a year we need to address the constantly growing demand worldwide from customers who require reliable, high performance energy storage solutions”.

  • Saft to supply Li-ion batteries for GEO satellites

    Saft has received a multi-year, multi-million dollar long-term agreement from Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for Orbital's STAR-2 geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellite platform.

  • Saft batteries at the heart of hybrid telecom power systems

    Saft's Sunica.plus batteries will provide the energy storage at the heart of Eltek Valere's hybrid telecom power systems that are currently being rolled out to 80 mobile telecom sites across Nigeria.

    These co-location sites are being provided for Nigeria's wireless operators on a fully managed leased basis, and QOS (quality of service) is absolutely vital in this competitive market. The Eltek Valere and Saft hybrid power systems will therefore play a crucial role in ensuring the close to 100% uptime demanded by customers leasing the new sites.

    Hybrid power systems are ideally suited for applications in the developing world, where they ensure continuous, energy-efficient operation of off-grid mobile base transceiver tations (BTSs) while delivering major savings in fuel costs and significant reductions in carbon emissions. Eltek Valere is initially targeting its hybrid solution at Nigeria, since it is the most important market in the African continent with over 77 million mobile subscribers (source: Nigerian Communication Commission), and successful trials have already been carried out at sites in Lagos.

  • National Grid specifies batteries for backup power for gas compressor stations

    National Grid, owner and operator of the gas National Transmission System (NTS) for Great Britain, is installing Alcad Vantex rechargeable nickel-based batteries in a programme to upgrade the DC power backup systems at some of its gas compressor stations. The Vantex batteries, developed specifically to ensure maximum reliability and optimum TCO (total cost of ownership) in stationary industrial installations, will support vital control and safety functions at the compressor stations in the event of a loss of mains power.

    National Grid has 25 compressor stations in Great Britain that boost gas pressure up to 85 bar to increase transmission capacity and move gas through the pipelines. They are driven either by industrial gas turbines fuelled by gas taken from the pipeline or by electrical compressors.

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