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Data center UPS battery management 101 – battery configurations in data centers

This is the second in a series of units that will educate the reader on the part played by a battery in an uninterruptible power system (UPS). Battery types In our introductory unit we pointed out that lead-acid batteries are the preferred method of energy storage for UPS systems in about 95% of all data center applications.  We also stated that lead-acid batteries can be split into two main categories or technology types:  valve-regulated or vented. Before getting into the [...]

November 13th, 2017|Tags: |

Data center UPS battery management 101 – all things big and small

This is the first in a series of units that will educate the reader on the part played by a battery in an uninterruptible power system (UPS). The three main subsystems of a UPS are: 1) Rectifier/charger - Converts alternating current (ac) into direct current (dc) used to maintain the battery at a constant state of charge 2) Battery system - Stores energy; includes multiple cells, mounting equipment, protective devices, and monitoring 3) Inverter - Converts dc back into ac [...]

October 27th, 2017|

UPS battery monitoring enters new era

Auckland, New Zealand. 24 August 2017. PowerShield, market leaders in the provision of UPS battery management systems, today announced the release of PowerShield 8, a component-based solution that signals a new era in the protection of UPS battery backup systems. “The traditional approach of simply monitoring battery health is no longer sufficient for data centre operators,” says PowerShield CEO Len Thomas, “they need to not just be able to ensure battery availability, but also maximise their investment by optimising battery [...]

August 25th, 2017|Tags: |

Does investing in a battery management system stack-up?

The growth of the digital economy globally is fuelling the economic importance of data centres. Consequently, consistency of data centre performance is increasingly something upon which organisations are critically dependent. No data centre can throw endless sums of money towards ensuring maximum, continuous performance. Immense pressures exist to drive cost down, across the board. It instead becomes a case of finding smart, effective solutions that have a positive return on the investment. One strategy for reducing long-term UPS battery back-up [...]

August 4th, 2017|Tags: |

Completing full battery tests during commission can save your company’s reputation

When battery tests are not battery tests In this digital age the performance of data centres is increasingly critical to an organisation’s reputation, in almost every industry sector. That puts immense pressure on data centres to perform, and makes the impact of failures more acute. Procedures like a discharge test (also known as a load test or capacity test, which accurately measures the true capacity of a battery system and in turn determines the health of batteries) can make all the difference between happy [...]

June 2nd, 2017|Tags: |

PowerShield launching exciting new product at Data Center World 2017

One of the biggest international data conferences, Data Center World, is coming up and the team at PowerShield are looking forward to unveiling an exciting new product to help you get maximum juice out of your batteries. Introducing the PowerShield Controller The PowerShield Controller system is the most advanced and most cost-effective tool for monitoring and managing stand-by battery banks. This gives you more ‘up time’ for your battery banks, and gets more out of your batteries. PowerShield’s continuous data [...]

March 22nd, 2017|

PowerShield Signs MOU with Sri Lanka’s Assidua Technologies

PowerShield and Assidua Technologies last week, 26 February 2016, signed a Memorandum of Understanding enabling Assidua to distribute PowerShield’s specialist battery monitoring systems throughout Sri Lanka. The signing took place in the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and was witnessed by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Sri Lankan Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando. Assidua specialises in the provision of IT hardware for uninterrupted power supply services. PowerShield is a specialist battery monitoring company that was established [...]

October 19th, 2016|

The cost of data center outages

UPS system failure, including UPS and batteries, is the No. 1 cause of unplanned data center outages, accounting for one-quarter of all such events. This is according to the 2016 Cost of Data Center Outages report published by Emerson Network Power and the Ponemon Institute. The average total cost per minute of an unplanned outage in this report is USD 8,851, up from USD 7,908 in 2013. It just makes sense to mitigate the risks of outages caused by battery [...]

September 19th, 2016|

PowerShield celebrates the opening of its new manufacturing operation

Callaghan Innovation Chief Executive Dr Mary Quin officially opened the new PowerShield factory in Auckland, New Zealand at a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, 1 October 2015. PowerShield is an Auckland-based specialist battery monitoring company and has formed a joint venture with an experienced local manufacturer rather than moving its production offshore. The new manufacturing company, PowerShield Solutions, draws on the expertise of its Managing Director David Todd. Mr Todd said the goal of PowerShield Solutions was pretty simple. “We want to make quality product, we [...]

September 19th, 2016|