Every industry sector is being increasingly challenged to do more, with less. More efficiency and productivity with enhanced TCO, less energy use and fewer emissions in the process. Data centres face similar challenges, as well as some unique to the application. Your UPS battery choice can help you to overcome them all.
Rising energy costs, emissions legislation and stakeholder pressure are all increasing pressure on data centres to optimise energy efficiency. Effective UPS battery solutions can enable data centres to participate in peak shaving: supporting loads with battery power when electricity costs are high and recharging when they are low.
Concerns about energy costs and grid power availability are driving growing interest in using UPS battery assets for energy storage applications, as a way to generate further revenue. In Firm Frequency Response applications, for example, data centres could provide battery energy back to the grid on demand. Alternatively, the batteries could be used for peak shaving, reducing data centre energy costs by supporting loads when electricity cost is high and then recharging the battery when low-cost electricity supply is available. Such strategies can bring significant cost savings and generate money when supplying energy back to the grid.
Growing urbanisation and an associated increased demand for power places a strain on power supplies. This in turn leads to more frequent power outages and grid fluctuations, which can have catastrophic consequences for inadequately protected data centres.
Meanwhile demand for power from data centres is also growing, as their workload expands, multi-user hosting services proliferate, and data storage capacity requirements increase. Only best-in-class UPS battery technologies can ensure the reliable power that is crucial to maintaining data centre operations.
The latest generators require far shorter start-up times – down from 15 minutes to between 30 seconds and 5 minutes – and switching loads is now also a faster process. In addition, the risk of repeated outages means batteries need shorter recharge times. UPS battery technology must keep pace with these changing demands to ensure data centres remain effectively protected against power issues.
DataSafe® XE batteries have been developed on the foundation of the EnerSys® Thin Plate Pure Lead Technology (TPPL), but further optimised to meet the unique demands of the modern critical UPS market. Specifically, to support sub-5-minute autonomies.
The features and benefits of DataSafe XE batteries give the end user a battery that is smaller, lighter, consumes less energy; while providing longer life and higher reliability. All these characteristics contribute to an improved total cost of ownership.
Along with the opportunity to reduce the cost of temperature control in battery rooms come new options for where batteries can be located. As the first truly purpose-built battery for the modern critical UPS industry, DataSafe XE batteries offer the best opportunity to minimise the lifetime cost of the battery and the system it supports.