UPS designed specifically for net-zero data centres unveiled

Swiss critical power solutions provider, Centiel, has unveiled its latest UPS system – StratusPower – which has been designed specifically to meet the rigorous demands of data centre operators in terms of power availability and reliability, while helping data centres to achieve net-zero targets.

The three-phase modular UPS covers the power range from 50 to 1,500 kilowatts (kW) in one cabinet and can be paralleled for 3,750 kW of uninterrupted, clean power.

As data centres become increasingly important to businesses, maintaining uptime and avoiding downtime has never been more important. Downtime can lead to significant financial losses, reputational damage, and lost customers. In addition, data centres face the challenge of improving their sustainability and reducing their environmental footprint. As demand for data centres grows, so does their energy consumption, making it increasingly important to find ways to improve their efficiency and reduce their environmental impact.

Centiel said that it developed StratusPower to address these challenges, boasting an industry-leading voltage and frequency independence (VFI) efficiency of 97.6 per cent as well as a flat efficiency curve, based on a widely proven semiconductor technology. These features should allow StratusPower to deliver high efficiency and low energy losses, reducing heat generation and the size and cost of cooling systems while keeping power availability at the highest level.

One of the key features of the StratusPower is its innovative topology, referred to as DARA (Distributed Active-Redundant Architecture), which ensures full availability with no single point of failure. Each UPS module is independent, redundant and interconnected, maximising the mean time between failures (MTBF) and safeguarding the power to critical applications with a nine-nines (99.9999999 per cent) uptime guarantee.

“We are thrilled to introduce StratusPower to the market,” said Gerado Lecuona, director at Centiel. “We understand the challenges that come with keeping data centres running 24/7 without interruption while seeking net-zero targets. We have designed StratusPower to meet those challenges head-on. With its innovative topology, advanced energy management features, and unmatched scalability, StratusPower is the ultimate UPS system for data centre operators looking to optimise their power infrastructure.”

According to Centiel, the StratusPower system is highly scalable and it is easy to add or remove modules as power needs change, and offers advanced energy management features alongside a full range of connectivity options, meaning it could be a good choice for data centre operators looking to optimise their power infrastructure.

StratusPower also incorporates a range of cutting-edge technologies to optimise performance and reliability, including a triple-mode parallel bus that provides an extra layer of redundancy, eliminating any single point of failure in communication between frames and modules. It also features backfeed protection and Distributed Decision Making technology. Additionally, Centiel’s DCFlex technology is designed to offer unparalleled flexibility when it comes to battery storage installation and configuration, as well as preparing the infrastructure to manage both current and future energy sources.

Additionally, StratusPower features maximum efficiency management (MEM), a user-enabled intelligent feature that saves power by matching powered module numbers to load demand.

With a design life of more than 30 years and components that do not need to be replaced for 15 or more years, StratusPower not only minimises total cost of ownership but also helps achieve sustainability goals with a full commitment to zero waste and net-zero policies.

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