UPS Battery Handbook: The Main Characteristics of UPS Battery Systems

Ever wondered about batteries? What’s the difference between lead-acid, lithium-ion and NiCad? How do you choose an appropriate size of battery? Is it better to completely discharge a battery? Can you recycle a battery? These and many other battery questions are answered in ABB’s brand-new UPS battery handbook.

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Modular UPS market is expected to grow very fast

The major drivers of this expected market growth include lower cost, availability of customizable solutions, simplified installation, and integration of new modules. The 101-250 kVA segment is projected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period, as solutions in this power range help the end-users ensure high availability and minimal downtime for the power supply. These solutions also help users achieve optimal efficiency and usability while ensuring the lowest cost and high returns on investments.

The IT and telecommunication vertical is estimated to hold the largest market share in 2017 and is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. The main reason for the high adoption of modular UPS is the rapid and simplified deployment of systems. Modular UPS systems offer various benefits to enterprises, such as scalability, reliability, flexibility, and portability of modules.

North America is estimated to have the largest market share in 2017, whereas APAC is projected to be the fastest growing region in the market. Implementation of advanced modular technologies to create a robust power supply, increasing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), expansion of business by the vendors in this region, and building of modern infrastructure capabilities to leverage next-generation technologies are some of the key reasons that have led APAC to become a highly potential market.

Source: Research And Markets

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2017 in rewind: The most read articles in our blog

2017 comes to an end – and we look back one last time: Have a look at the five most-read articles of 2017.

(1) ABB introduces PCS120 MV UPS for mega data centers

ABB’s next generation of medium voltage UPS is intended for multi megawatt power protection. Based on the revolutionary ZISC architecture, the PCS120 MV UPS introduces a flexible solution for higher reliability and higher efficiency in critical power facilities.

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(2) ABB opens comprehensive UPS test center

With a well-attended official opening on June 8, 2017, ABB opened its brand-new test facility for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems at the UPS factory in Switzerland. With this new facility, ABB has taken a significant step forward in strengthening its position in the global power protection market.

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(3) Top three trends driving the global three phase UPS systems market

Technavio’s latest report on the global three phase UPS systems market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Thanikachalam Chandrasekaran, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research on energy storage sector, says, “A three-phase UPS provides continuous power supply to electrical equipment in instances of unforeseen power disruption. It also protects the equipment from power surges, thereby effectively averting the loss of productivity, equipment breakdown, damage, and replacement.”

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(4) Pros and cons of Lithium-ion batteries in UPS

Lithium-Ion batteries, widely used in consumer electronics, including smartphones, and electric cars, have just started being adopted for energy storage in data center backup systems. But industry experts predict that this technology will take off in the coming years. We have collected the most important facts you need to know about this technology.

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(5) Data center power trends: Demand for smart UPS systems is on the rise

Most data centers use smart UPS systems, battery monitoring devices, and intelligent power distribution systems in a bid to reduce the PUE ratio. The increasing penetration of these new devices is further expected to boost the demand for UPS.

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Research analysis: UPS segment accounts for major shares in data center power market growth

According to a recently published research analysis by Technavio, the increase in data center investments will be one of the major factors that will have a positive impact on the growth of the data center power market till 2021. The number of data centers in developing countries has significantly increased, and the need for data centers among large enterprises, CSPs, government agencies, and telecommunications organizations has also increased. Technavio’s market research analysts predict that this market will grow at a CAGR of more than 12% by 2021.

The rise in construction of containerized or modular facilities is one of the key trends that will contribute to the market growth in the forthcoming years. Construction of modular data centers and adoption of containerized data centers have grown and is largely driven by their capability to provide maximum efficiency through low energy and water consumption. Also, the efficiency of these data centers is largely reliant on the appropriate power usage without any wastage. These units can be altered to offer adequate performance, regardless of the IT infrastructure used.

The industry research report identifies ABB, Eaton, GE Industrial Solutions, Legrand, Schneider Electric, and Vertiv as the key vendors in the global data center power market. During recent years, the UPS segment accounted for the major shares of the data center power market. Factors such as the availability of different variants and the ability to operate at higher temperatures will contribute to the growth of the UPS data center power market in the coming years.

Technavio: Global Data Center Power Market 2017-2021

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Top 10 Worldwide Datacenter 2018 Predictions

IDC recently published a study duscussing the worldwide datacenter top 10 predictions for 2018. Here is a summary. Further links on this topic can be found below

Prediction 1: By 2020, the Heavy Workload Demands of Next-Generation Applications and New IT Architectures in Critical Business Facilities Will Have Forced 55% of Enterprises to Modernize Their Datacenter Assets Through Updates to Existing Facilities and/or the Deployment of New Facilities

Prediction 2: By 2019, 50% of Organizations Will Have Initiated Efforts to Rationalize Workloads and Accelerate the Adoption of Next-Gen Cognitive/AI, Machine Learning, and Augmented Reality, Necessitating Drastic Changes to Infrastructure Design and Placement as well as IT Operations Models

Prediction 3: By the End of 2019, 70% of Companies Engaged in DX Efforts Will Be Struggling to Translate Business Needs into Effective IT Investments and Operations Plans, Forcing Them to Alter Staff Hiring Targets to Ensure They Have the Advanced Skill Sets Needed to Build Digital Supply Chains

Prediction 4: By 2021, the Expanded Use of Power-Hungry Accelerated Computing Technologies That Support Cognitive and AI Analytics Workloads Will Have Forced Most Major Datacenter Operators to Adopt a Modular Approach to Deploy Power/Cooling Assets in Their Facilities

Prediction 5: By 2020, Consumption-Based Procurement in Datacenters Will Have Eclipsed Traditional Procurement Through Improved “as a Service” Models, Thus Accounting for as Much as 40% of Enterprises’ IT Infrastructure Spending

Prediction 6: By 2021, 25% of Large Enterprises Will Have Turned Mandated Regulatory Compliance Investments to Their Advantage by Using Them to Set and Enforce Automated Data Controls Across Their Clouds, Core Datacenters, and Edge Locations

Prediction 7: By the End of 2019, the Need for Improved Agility, Better Manageability, and Enhanced Asset Usage Will Force Companies Pursuing Digital Transformation to Migrate Over 50% of the IT Infrastructure in Their Datacenter and Edge Locations to a Software-Defined Model

Prediction 8: By 2021, Critical Infrastructure in Half of Enterprise Datacenters Will Be Operating Autonomously While the Use of Autonomous IT in Intelligent Edge Locations Will Be Even Greater as Organizations Seek to Link Core and Edge Resources to Support Digital Transformation Initiatives

Prediction 9: By 2021, Over 50% of Companies in Consumer-Facing Industries Striving to Deliver Enhanced Digital Experiences Will Spend More Annually on Upgrades to Their Network, Computing, and Storage Resources in Edge Locations Than on Upgrades in Their Core Datacenters

Prediction 10: In 2019, 60% of Digital Services Will Fail to Meet Desired Customer Adoption Levels Because the Providers of Those Services Are Unable to Effectively Monitor and Quickly Respond to Performance, Utilization, and Cost Degradations Across Their Diverse IT Resource Pools

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Keeping up with the Growing Demand of Data Centers – Interview with ABB’s Domagoj Talapko

In this interview for AZOMaterials, Domagoj Talapko, Business Development Manager MV UPS into data centers, from ABB Power Conditioning talks about ABB’s range of products that meet the new demand of this growing industry.

“Data centers are one of the best representations of critical infrastructure”, Domagoj says. “In today’s world, there are numerous challenges within the industry such as constant power increase, the need for flexibility and modularization, high efficiency and high levels of availability.”

With the quantity of data growing rapidly, data centers are demanding more and more power.

“ABB has the capability and resources to optimize entire electrical infrastructures and provide state of the art products and components, such as smart power distribution units, transformers and a whole range of protection and power conditioning systems. Through advanced programs during the design phase, ABB can recommend products and services that will enable the highest levels of efficiency and power quality and simultaneously keeping very high levels of availability.” Keeping up with the Growing Demand of Data Centers»

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