Balancing UPS Cost and Resilience

The whole purpose of the UPS solution is to protect the critical load and if there is no valid warranty or proper maintenance and support contract, the whole power source could be compromised however good or cost-effective the initial technological solution.

Advances in Li-ion Battery Technology

One disadvantage which has slowed the introduction of Li-ion to the UPS market has been the cost. However, developments in the automotive sector have driven down prices significantly over the past decade. Depending on the project, we are generally finding the initial cost of buying Li-ion compared with Lead Acid batteries works out at around twice as expensive. However, Li-ion lasts twice as long and so considerations relating to total cost of ownership (TCO) have now started outweighing concerns about the initial investment, particularly when we look at the various additional advantages of Li-ion namely: they are smaller, lighter and operate at higher temperatures.

Be Li-ion Ready

Incorporating Li-ion will inevitably reduce the size and weight of UPS systems overall and the longer useful working life of Li-ion will mean fewer costly replacements. All of which will benefit customers with reductions in both CAPEX and OPEX and make Li-ion batteries a winning solution for UPS applications requiring compact, innovative protection.

Why Li-ion Will Be the Future of Data Centre Back-up Power

CENTIEL’s Li-ion solution is already being installed by our most forward-thinking UPS clients, who are looking to capitalise on the advantages that Li-ion has over lead-acid batteries, namely: they are smaller, lighter, have a high-power density, a longer life and operate at higher temperatures. Over the next five years we anticipate that a significant industry changeover to Li-ion will occur. The good news is that CENTIEL’s technology is already Li-ion Ready, so existing lead acid battery installations will have the option to upgrade to Li-ion in the future without needing to replace the UPS.

What is a True Modular UPS?

The term modular itself can mean different things to different individuals, therefore it is important to analysie the nature of what is being described as a ‘modular system’ carefully when purchasing a UPS, to ensure the essential power of the datacentre is protected at all times.

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