Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) maker Chloride has announced a new line that it claims can operate at an impressive 98 per cent efficiency, enabling datacentre operators to make a considerable saving on energy costs.
The Trinergy UPS system is designed to protect mission-critical infrastructure from disruptions to the mains power supply, and is thus geared to high-power operation, supporting loads from 200kW with a single module, up to 1.2MW with six modules fitted.
In addition, up to eight Trinergy units can be connected in parallel to provide up to 9.6MW of protection, which Chloride claims is the highest active power rating currently available.
But the main feature of the new design is its high efficiency, which could save customers up to £100,000 per year on energy bills, based on a 1MW load, according to Chloride.
The energy savings also amount to an equivalent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 536,000kg, the company claimed.
"Traditional UPS hardware operates at about 92 per cent efficiency, while Trinergy operates at 95 per cent up to 98 per cent, which is a huge achievement. We are the first in the market. No-one else can manage this," said Chloride technical support manager Rob Tanzer.
The Trinergy's efficiency and name derive from the three modes of operation the new UPS supports, according to Tanzer. The system continually monitors the power supply and automatically switches to the most efficient operating mode to use the least energy.
With maximum power control, the UPS conditions the power supply to maintain power delivered to the load, so that the output is independent of the voltage and frequency of the mains.
If there is no need to condition the supply, the system operates in maximum energy savings mode, or voltage and frequency dependant.
The third mode, high efficiency with power conditioning, kicks in if the mains supply requires some measure of conditioning; so-called voltage independent operation.
Because the UK mains is "pretty stable", according to Tanzer, the Trinergy can spend most of its time in maximum energy saving mode.
The company was coy about prices, but Tanzer said that the Trinergy "can pay for itself" in a relatively short space of time.
The Trinergy UPS is available immediately, and the first units are already being installed, Chloride said.
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