As the world becomes more IT dependent, the performance of data centres and smaller data hubs is crucial, with data centre managers under increasing pressure to meet enhanced efficiency targets to cope with escalating energy prices and the threat of increased power outages in the UK in the future.
One company helping this sector achieve their targets and safeguard against any power failures is leading high performance UPS manufacturers, Borri Ltd.
For new builds and data centre hubs in particular, there has been a stark rise in demand for more flexible, modular UPS solutions, which have proven to be highly cost effective by lowering the initial investment, allowing operators the flexibility to invest in their data centre as it grows.
Borri has responded to the need for more flexible back-up power protection solutions with the latest addition to the company's UPS range, The Primacy, achieving ground-breaking efficiency of up to 99.5 percent. The Primacy is a transformer free solution, which is modular, scalable and combines three sophisticated modes of operation.
The highest levels of efficiency are achieved in Ultra High Efficiency mode (UHE), where advanced design of internal power components enable the UPS to operate silently with natural cooling for 99.5 percent efficiency. At part load, in online double conversion mode (VFI), the UPS reaches up to 96 percent efficiency. For added power protection the UPS also uses the inverter as an active filter while in UHE, which provides compensation should the load have any reactive or harmonic content. The filter can also protect the load from mains disturbances.
The Primacy also delivers a unity output (kVA = kW) providing 25percent more power compared to UPS with PF = 0.8 and 11 percent more compared to UPS with PF = 0.9, and combined with the Primacy's ultra slim design, allows users to achieve maximum power density.
In the case of large established data centres, where many carry traditional transformer-based UPS systems and are now looking to extend or upgrade their equipment with more efficient solutions, Borri's three phase ECO B9000 and B9600 range provides reliable back-up power and can reach an impressive operating efficiency of 95 percent, whilst in true on-line mode.
Borri's ECO-UPS range comes with an impressive 0.99 input power factor (PF), giving improved efficiency and stability of the overall transmission network and a THDi of less than three percent to help eliminate any current distortion.
These high performance UPS solutions also come with the added benefit of being maintained without transferring the load to bypass mode, which would expose it to unconditioned power.
Whilst both transformer-based and transformer free solutions from Borri deliver impressive efficiency gains, it is important for data centre managers to understand the limitations and advantages of available technologies as well as being able to identify how these are directly significant to their operational environment.
Commenting on the challenges facing data centres, Borri's managing director, Ian Tucker said: "A UPS is purchased as an insurance policy to provide reliable power protection and leading manufacturers, like Borri, have worked tirelessly to ensure that this is never compromised. We have listened to customer demands for greater efficiency and are now able to deliver the best of both worlds.
"Our experience within the industry ensures that we are able to advise customers on the most suitable UPS solution to support their load requirements. Our team of highly qualified engineers assess the day-to-day energy consumption of a UPS, its predicted lifespan, the environmental impact of the technology and all related risk factors before any recommendations are put forward to a customer."
Tags: Design & Facilities Management, Power & Cooling