Industry Insight – With over 30 years’ experience in the UPS industry, David Bond, discusses just how far technology has come and what makes a successful data centre.
The UPS industry has seen changes in topology from single standalone units to multiple redundant configurations, the establishment of the transformerless based design and the Modular concept. The driver has been to reduce energy and seek higher efficiency and at the...
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The priority of any UPS is to protect the critical load and keep it running as long as possible in the event of a power loss. We often talk about developments in modular technology and the associated benefits, such as improved availability and reduced downtime, however, not all project budgets allow for a modular solution.
When cost reduction is a driver for winning contracts, a standalone UPS is a good solution. Choosing a UPS that offers built-in internal batteries eliminates the hidden cost of external battery cabinets while minimising the overall system footprint. A UPS that has a small footprint and is easy to install initially, will provide a smoother handover for contractors and clients alike.
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.
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.
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.
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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.