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The Standby Power systems which UPS systems supply are used to support mainstream IT and communications infrastructures from the home office to the international Data Centre.
When mains power goes off, the Standby Power system will operate either from stored power usually within lead acid batteries installed within an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or by generated power from a generator or a combination of both as an integrated hybrid system.
Generators can also be powered by natural gas or petrol, (or aviation fuel, if it’s a gas turbine). Stored power can also come from NiCad batteries and flywheel systems.
In many cases, before conventional generators reach operating power, there’s a time delay between mains failure and full power. As modern electronic equipment is susceptible to even momentary breaks in power a conventional generator, on its own, is often insufficient to support a computer-based system.
Because of this a ‘typical’ Standby Power system for a computer room incorporates both a battery-powered UPS (to bridge the time gap whilst the generator starts) and a diesel generator to provide the extended runtime that may be required.
Of course, ‘typical’ Standby Power installations rarely exist, and we are often called upon to configure solutions where noise, or weight, or footprint, or heat output, or exhaust fumes (amongst other factors) would cause a problem.
A loss of power, even momentarily, can cause IT systems and sensitive equipment to crash. A UPS maintains power by switching instantaneously to batteries in the event of a power failure, or even just a dip in power (a brownout). They also condition the power supply to reduce unwanted spikes and harmonics. They are designed to correct a variety of power problems, such as:
Some UPS allow a controlled shut-down of IT servers whilst others may be used in conjunction with another Standby Power source (such as additional batteries or a generator) to allow all or part of the facility to continue operating for very significant periods.
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