Tag Archives: standby power systems
8 February 2012
Having sufficient standby power is essential if you want to protect your electrical equipment against mains failure. What should you consider when you specify your UPS system?
The nature of your organisation
31 January 2012
The equipment used by your organisation will help to determine the type of protection you need. For example, data centres with rows of rack-mounted servers require a larger UPS to back-up their operations. While large computer rooms are usually supported by high-capacity, centrally located, online UPS …
Typically, when we think of power failure, we think of a complete blackout. However, power failure can also mean that the quality of the supply is in some way inadequate, and each quality issue can affect electrical equipment in different ways. Here are some of the key issues:
Surges and spikes
26 January 2012
Surges and spikes are very short bursts of very high-energy voltage. Typically they only last for a few milliseconds, and are usually caused by electrical storms or …
To ensure your business is protected against power failure you need to ensure you have a robust standby power system in place. To help you plan your system, we’ve compiled the following steps:
Stage 1: To ensure your UPS system gives you adequate protection, we’d recommend performing an initial risk assessment to determine how badly your business would be affected against power failure.
Stage 2: Next you need to classify your equipment depending on the level of power …
23 January 2012
A standby power system is essential if you want to ensure your business continues to operate in the event of a mains failure. To create your standby power strategy, you need to understand how a power failure will affect all areas of your business. For example, to a small business, a power failure could be nothing more than an inconvenience. But for a data centre, it can cost thousands of pounds and have a negative impact on the …
22 December 2011
Whether you’re buying new standby power systems, or upgrading existing ones, it’s important to consider the total cost of ownership.
If you were to compare the initial capital costs of two UPS systems, you may find that system A is a lot cheaper than system B. On the face of it, system A may seem the better option; however, once you’ve factored in the costs for ongoing service and maintenance, the picture could change dramatically.
It’s not enough …
20 December 2011
When power failure strikes, it can have disastrous consequences for an organisation. With systems down, orders can’t be processed, employees can’t work, and you can’t get in touch with your customers. It can end up costing organisations thousands of pounds in downtime.
The real cost of downtime can have financial implications for your customers too, as these examples show:
After BT’s Birmingham exchange lost power, its broadband customers across the UK were left without Internet access. Besides …
24 November 2011
Do you want to minimise the cost of equipment failure?
It’s likely that your UPS system will need some repairs during its lifetime. And when this happens you want a trusted partner that can get you back up and running as quickly as possible. Repairing equipment as soon as an issue occurs, can help extend its life by years.
As an independent provider of standby power systems, we have close working relationships with many of the leading UPS, …
8 November 2011
According to the National Grid, in 2010, the UK used 286TWh of electricity. Independently audited figures found that the reliability of the electricity transmission was 99.99%, and the average annual availability was 94.76%.
Yet despite having what seems to be a reliable power supply, the UK is on the brink of having to intoduce rolling blackouts. By 2015, nine of the UK’s oil and coal-fired power plants and four nuclear power plants are due to be shut down. …
20 October 2011
We have all been there in the midst of a storm when suddenly the lights go out. Typically, we’re left in the dark for a few hours. But what would happen if a power cut wiped out entire countries for months at a time?
According to National Geographic, “Solar storms are brewing about 93 million miles (150 million kilometres) away, and if one of them reaches Earth, it could knock out communications, scramble GPS, and leave thousands …