Business processes these days increasingly trust on technology, which by default relies on a clear and dependable source of electricity. As more and more industries twist to computerization, mechanization and automation, an unprecedented strain is being put on already overworked electricity infrastructures around the world. It has taken the developed world by surprise. Managers are nowadays confronted with the existent prospect of energy rationing and power supply issues. If any part of their business cannot proceed without electricity, they have to find alternative ways of procuring supply and/or generating their ain. Making the right choice of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is nowadays more significant than always.
What’s an uninterruptible power supply (UPS)?
A UPS sits between the mains supply and ‘the load’ (equipment and systems in a building or datacenter that necessitate an uninterrupted source of electricity). At its simple, an UPS conditions electric current, converts it from AC to DC, and negates possibly noxious power problems including sags, surges, brownouts and fluctuations. In the case of a total mains power outage, the UPS powers the load from its backward-up battery until another energy source starts up. Put merely, an uninterruptible power supply can intend the difference between life and death for some businesses.
Different types of UPS
There are three primary types of uninterruptible power supply:
• Online or Double Conversion
• Line Interactive
• Offline (or Passive Standby).
An Online or Double Conversion UPS maintains voltage and frequency variations within prescribed limits so output is independent of supply fluctuation. As well as conditioning mains power to negate problems, this is the only UPS solution that provides break-free supply to the plant or datacenter during a power outage.
A Line Interactive UPS uses built-in passive electronic regulation devices to stabilize and regulate voltage fluctuations. When mains supply power is present, the output frequency of the UPS tracks the input of the mains. Line Interactive and On-Line UPS use tower or ‘rackmount’ case formats and sit next to their respective loads, typically in a datacenter or computer room.
An Off-Line or Passive Standby UPS is a compact device designed for desktops or wall mounting, which uses its own output to track voltage and frequency variations in the mains supply power.
Extended UPS benefits
As good as obvious continuity and power conditioning advantages for a datacenter or computer room, larger uninterruptible power supplies can work in match to improve system resilience, MTBF (mean time between failure) and availability.
For a network-sized uninterruptible power supply, the installation of an external UPS maintenance bypass enables routine or emergency maintenance to be carried out (without supply disruption) during normal working-hours.
Extended runtime (the time a load is running on back-up driven) can be provided by a combination of extra battery packs and an external standby power source such as a generator or fuel cell.
The transformer-based UPS system
While many UPS are transformerless, organizations reliant on larger datacenter and voice networks, industrial processes, security or hospital applications, often require transformer-based uninterruptible power supply. This gives greater robustness, albeit with slightly lower efficiency and greater heat and noise generation.
Essential protection against power outage and rationing
As well as industrial processes, uninterruptible power supplies may be used to protect large site-wide installations. From the smallest desktop units to the largest parallel redundant installations, a correctly sized, reliable UPS system, provided by an established manufacturer such as Riello UPS Ltd, offers essential protection against the growing risks of power outage and power rationing.
Alison Campbell-Boreham is the editor of The Power Protection Guide and provides PR services to Riello UPS Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Riello UPS (RPS S.p.A). For more information visit the Riello UPS – uninterruptible power supplies website.
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