Month: September 2021

Natural Disasters Reiterate the Need for Backup Power

Mother Nature’s tempestuous temper is getting worse. Nearly every week, the headlines feature tales of fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other “Acts of God” sweeping across the country. As the West burns and the South drowns, communities from coast to coast should closely examine their preparedness and take steps to protect themselves against these increasingly frequent natural disasters that can disrupt public infrastructure and put lives at risk.

Relying on Aging Infrastructure Is a Recipe for Disaster

In the United States, roughly 7,000 power plants and transformers feed electricity to 150 million+ customers through 450,000 miles of high-voltage power transmission lines. That is a lot of power and a lot of possibilities for things to go wrong. Current estimates to modernize the power grid to meet existing power demand exceed $50 billion. And, that is just for the near future. Longer-term estimates place the figure required to supply the needs 10, 20, and 30 years from now at significantly more.

Off the Shelf & Custom Built Solutions Protect the Keys To the City

When it comes to critical infrastructure, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Indeed, the needs of a community in Kansas can be significantly different than a community in Nevada. This is why it is critical to work closely with experts who can identify the best systems for your needs and the requirements established within your emergency action plans. For example, at Central Power Systems & Services, our teams can recommend mobile generator sets, continuous gaseous generators, UPS, and other power generation systems capable of producing sufficient electricity in an emergency.

Most importantly, we understand that customization is often the key to the successful execution of your emergency plans. For that reason, our engineers can design and build customized power generation systems capable of reliable operation in a wide range of climates and operational conditions. We’ll help make sure your power generation systems produce sufficient voltage, have the fuel they need, and the maintenance required to keep computers, lights, telecom equipment, and other critical systems online. Our goal is to ensure that the hospitals, fire stations, police stations, and other critical keys to your community remain fully operational when natural disasters occur.

Communities That Act Now Will Be Prepared Later

When disasters strike, the ability of a community to weather the storm depends on the reliability of the critical infrastructure that protects them. Police departments, fire departments, EMS, hospitals, and other first responders must have reliable electricity to conduct operations and to establish everything from triage and staging stations to emergency public shelters.

As a GSA supplier, Central Power Systems and Services works closely with city managers, first responders, healthcare providers, wastewater treatment managers, and others to ensure that the proper systems are installed, maintained, and prepared when critical events occur.

We help our clients prepare for known regional threats, and we also think outside the box. Our teams help prepare communities for potential hazards, such as terrorism and regional disasters, that can occur hundreds of miles away and cause ripples that blow across the amber waves of grain and over the purple mountains in all their majesty. We make sure when the worst-case scenario occurs, your community can put its best foot forward and take steps to restore life to normal.

We encourage you to contact Central Power Systems & Services to learn more about the critical infrastructure services we offer. It is our pleasure to help your community prepare for unpredictable weather and the potential for sudden and disastrous power grid failure.

What Is a UPS Power Solution?

What is UPS, and how does it benefit your business? It’s an important question that every business should ask because a UPS is an asset that saves you immeasurable frustration and expense. In short, UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. The UPS is essentially an energy source that keeps your computers, telecom equipment, etc., operational until the primary power supply is restored or until your standby generator kicks on. This bridge protects your hardware, ensures data isn’t lost and allows you to continue providing the services your clients depend on without interruption.

UPS Is an Effective (and Affordable!) Shield

Power grid failure is the most common reason businesses invest in a reliable UPS. However, aging infrastructure means that grid failures aren’t the only potential problem you must protect against in the modern era. Many UPS systems provide a modicum of protection against voltage spikes, overvoltage, voltage sag, oscillation, and harmonic distortion. This broad protection shields your systems from the damage that poor power quality can inflict.

Depending on size and capabilities, UPS systems range in price from around $100 for systems designed to protect a single computer to more than $100,000 for systems designed to keep data centers operational. Further, operational and maintenance costs are minimal. This makes them an inexpensive investment in the continuity of your operations. However, when you consider the cost of downtime, equipment replacement, emergency repairs, data restoration, etc., your UPS is an investment that is worth far more than every penny invested.

Among the many advantages a UPS offers, the following are the primary reasons our clients enjoy:

  • Protection of computers from power variances
  • Preservation of data
  • Surge protection
  • Refined power quality

Types of UPS

There are three types of UPS systems, and our team can help you select the system that is best suited for your needs. On-line UPS systems utilize a double conversion method that allows them to accept AC input, convert it to DC, and then invert the converted power into the 120V or 230V your systems require. Line-interactive UPS systems keep the inverter in line, redirecting the DC power when a power failure occurs. Finally, standby systems are the most basic and typically the least expensive. When a power failure occurs, the internal DC-AC inverter switches to battery power and switches off when power is restored.

UPS Maintenance Is Minimal

As with all power systems, regular maintenance is essential for reliable operation. UPS systems require consistant maintenance, whether it be quarterly or semi-annully. This is a service our certified technicians can provide, and we can schedule UPS maintenance to coincide with the maintenance of your standby generator systems.

Our UPS maintenance services include:

  • Battery inspection (VRLA, VLA, or Lithium Ion)
  • Inspection of the operational environment
  • Load bank testing

We provide thorough documentation and dependable recommendations that can improve your UPS’s performance, reliability, and longevity. We’ll make sure that when the power goes down, your business doesn’t go down with it.

Businesses That Benefit From UPS

While every business can benefit from the installation of a UPS, some industries depend on these critical systems more than others. These industries include:

  • Security providers
  • Data centers
  • Warehouses
  • Healthcare/Hospital facilities
  • Telecom providers
  • Emergency responders
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Food/Beverage producers
  • Industrial facilities
  • Oil & gas producers
  • Mining
  • And more!

We invite you to contact our team at Central Power Systems and Services to learn more about the functions and advantages a UPS offers. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you identify the most effective solution for your needs.

The Critical Power Needs of Hospitals and Healthcare

The Critical Power Needs of Hospitals and Healthcare

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are vital for the health and safety of a community when emergencies strike. Whether it’s an “Act of God,” such as a tornado, flash flood, hurricane, wildfire, or an act of man, such as terrorism, your facility must have reliable power to keep the lights on and the machines operational until power is restored to the structure.

At Central Power Systems & Services, our Critical Power Specialists help ensure your standby power systems are ready to go no matter the cause of the power disruption. We can install, maintain, repair, and replace a wide range of power generators, battery backup systems, tap boxes, and more.

NFPA 99 & NFPA 110

Hospitals and healthcare facilities typically fall under either NFPA 99 or NFPA 110. It’s essential to determine which applies to your facility so that you can ensure regulatory compliance. More importantly, so that you can confirm that your facility has the power you need for the emergencies you may respond to during a critical event.


NFPA 99 identifies standby generators as an essential electrical system (EES). This designation encompasses all electrical components required to supply electrical power during a power outage.

Type 1 EES and Type 2 EES applies to Category 1 or Category 2 patient care spaces. Category 1 patient care spaces are those where power failure may result in severe injury or death to patients, staff, or visitors. These include ambulatory surgical centers and most hospitals. Category 2 spaces are those where power failure may cause non-life-threatening injuries to patients, staff, or visitors. This includes clinics, outpatient care centers, etc.

These systems must supply power to life safety equipment, critical care equipment, and general operational equipment; each must possess its own automatic transfer switch. The life safety branch must be able to supply a minimum of 1.5 hours of back-up power to emergency lights, fire alarms, and task lights. The critical branch runtime requirements vary by the underwriter. However, they must supply sufficient power for surgical lighting systems, surgical rooms and recovery areas, refrigeration systems, gas monitoring and control systems, anesthesia equipment, aspirators, and patient monitors. The equipment branch encompasses waste gas systems, suction systems, air controls, and ventilation fans.

NFPA 110

NFPA 110 is intended to ensure maximum reliability of your power generation systems during a power failure. It establishes the minimum performance requirements of emergency and standby power generation systems. This includes installation requirements, maintenance, testing, and operation.

Level 1 Emergency Power Supply Systems (EPSS) are required for facilities where power failure would result in loss of life or serious injury to patients, staff, or visitors. Level 2 EPSS applies to less critical systems where power loss won’t halt operations or threaten human life.

Digging Into the Details

Taking care of your patients is your business. Sorting through NFPA 99, NFPA 110, and other applicable codes and regulations governing your emergency power systems is ours. Our teams are thoroughly versed in the details that keep your power systems operational in an emergency, and facility compliant during your next regulatory inspection.

We work closely with your team to ensure your critical and non-critical equipment has the power your patients and staff depend on. Our single-source service model allows us to provide 24/7 field support so that you can focus on saving lives without having to worry about the reliability of your emergency power generation systems.

We encourage you to contact your nearest Central Power Systems & Services location to schedule a meeting with our power generation specialists. We’re happy to review your existing setup and recommend improvements that will enhance the dependability of your emergency power generation systems.

Central Power Systems & Services
Since 1954, Central Power Systems & Services has been providing partners with the highest level of support. No matter the situation, we have solutions for Power Generation, Power Distribution, Industrial Engines, Construction and Agricultural Equipment, Custom Manufactured Projects and On-Highway Transportation Service.
Central Power Systems & Services
Since 1954, Central Power Systems & Services has been providing partners with the highest level of support. No matter the situation, we have solutions for Power Generation, Power Distribution, Industrial Engines, Construction and Agricultural Equipment, Custom Manufactured Projects and On-Highway Transportation Service.
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