UPS today and tomorrow: What you need to know

According to experts, better batteries, modularity, and artificial intelligence are the most important innovations for future-proof UPS.

Batteries

Many experts assume that more lithium-ion batteries will be installed in the future. Especially because their prices have fallen sharply in recent years. Nevertheless, lead-acid standby batteries with longer lifetimes will be the most cost-effective choice for standard UPS applications in the foreseeable future. There are also some very interesting new technical developments in the battery world that could eventually lead to the replacement of lithium ions.

Modularity

Energy efficiency is particularly important in the industry; it reflects a general change in attitudes towards sustainability and climate change. UPS technology today is very advanced and modern UPS systems must be highly efficient.

UPS operators are continually considering how best to integrate these systems into their infrastructure to maximize efficiency while ensuring consistency and resilience with minimal investment. As a result, modern modular UPS systems with energy-saving functions are becoming increasingly popular, which can be easily expanded as a customer’s load increases while ensuring continuous availability.

Artificial Intelligence

Quite simply, Artificial Intelligence is the ability that machines “learn” on the basis of data. Or in other words, the ability to perform operations on the basis of newly acquired information, under supervision or unattended.

This development will also contribute to an improvement of the critical IT infrastructure, which makes operational processes, application performance and availability possible in the first place. Take a company where management does not tolerate any downtime and expects ultra-low business latency. The idea of a power failure would be a nightmare for the CIO. Artificial intelligence has the potential to redefine the critical systems on which such organizations depend. For example, the UPS of the future could send forward-looking warnings to the engineering team or be able to diagnose itself and resolve problems. With the right systems, the risk of default losses could be a thing of the past.

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