Energy Storage Part 2: Do We Need Energy Storage?

The Need for Energy Storage Do we need storage? The simple answer is yes! But we must break down the different uses to determine how important energy storage really is. Here is a list of the most common uses: Utility Level- Mass storage to augment electrical supply at peak demand Commercial- Storage in conjunction with […]

Energy Storage Part 1: Types of Storage Systems

Why do we need energy storage? Our electrical energy used in our homes, businesses and factories is generated as we need it. If demand goes up Electrical Plants generate more electricity. But if the demand goes higher than currently available from local power plants electrical energy must be brought in via high voltage transmission lines […]

Lithium-Ion Battery Update for UPS Systems

Lithium-Ion Batteries are becoming more popular in UPS systems.  Originally they were tried in small UPS systems but now are also being used in larger data center UPS systems. Although the use of Lithion-Ion Batteries is becoming more popular for UPS systems,  lead-acid batteries are still dominant after being used successfully for years.   The […]

Protecting your Data Center, Hospital, and Industry from Weather, Fire and Other Natural Disasters!

Fire Storms: As I write this, California is on fire!  Thousands of people are currently at risk of losing their homes and businesses to the flames.  Fires are becoming more destructive and unpredictable. There are power outages throughout the area including local businesses, hospitals, and industry.  It will take days to get much of the power back […]

New Power Backup from Liebert

 New Product from Liebert (Vertiv)  ITA2 UPS 8 & 10KVA Three phase Liebert ITA2 UPS Overview 3 phase power in a small package Key Benefits Rack mount or Tower configuration High Power Density Efficient Operation Extended Battery Runtimes Available Easy to configure Power Distribution User Configurable PDU Allows for hardwire or pigtail connections   Easy access to front […]

When Good Batteries Go Bad!

Battery Failure is the most common problem that data center professions face with their physical infrastructure.  With proper maintenance costly down time can be avoided.  Otherwise this can happen: Watch this video of what can and often does happen in the data center-Data Center Fire.  Who needs this kind of delay! Here are other examples […]

Emergency Lighting Inverters

Have your Emergency Lighting Inverters been serviced recently?    Emergency Lighting Inverters ensure safe exit and continuation of critical operations!  Routine service is necessary to make sure they work when you need them! Centralized emergency lighting inverters are used to provide backup power to lighting systems for a minimum of 90 minutes in the event of […]

Atlanta Airport Power Failure

Atlanta Airport Power Outage Closes Airport for Hours! Crowds wait for hours as the airport tries to bring the power and computer systems back up after a facility wide failure. What happened to the redundant system that was installed? The answer appears to be that the “redundant system” still had single points of possible failure.  […]

What Type of UPS Do You Need?

There are several types of UPS systems each with their own unique advantages.  Today we will describe two of the most common. The most small UPS systems, 150 to 3000VA are Line Interactive design.  Larger systems will use an Online design but in many cases both are available.  So which should you have?   Line […]