Power Generation Needs for Data Centers

Power Generation Needs for Data Centers

Power Generation Needs for Data Centers Data centers consume vast quantities of electricity. When the power grid goes down, your standby generators must have the capacity your systems need to keep your facility operational. Data centers consume vast quantities of electricity. When the power grid goes down, your standby generators must have the capacity your systems need to keep your facility operational. If they don’t, your clients will be left in the dark without access to the critical information that keeps their businesses operational. How Much Power Do Data Centers Consume? Some of the largest data centers in the world can consume more than 100 megawatts of power per year. In all, it is estimated by the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability, that all the data centers in the world combine somewhere between 196 to 400 terawatt-hours, a figure that represents roughly 2% of all electricity consumed globally. According to the United States Data Center Energy Usage Report, it is estimated that cooling and power provision systems make up around 43% of the power used in a data center. This is equally matched with the servers that also use about 43%. Storage drives account for about 11% of energy usage, and the network makes up the final 3%. How Much Power Do Standby Generators Produce? Standby generators come in all sizes ranging from 5kW to 500kW or more. Naturally, you will want to select systems that have sufficient capacity for your center. To help ensure that you are not caught short, it is best to estimate the required size based on your highest demand. If you have a large data center, you may require 7000kW or more. If that is the case, then you will need to select modular systems that can be paralleled to generate sufficient wattage on a single bus. Preparing for the Future Looking at past needs won’t help your business plan for tomorrow. Rather, your business needs to look toward the future to prepare for the rapidly evolving needs of tomorrow. Businesses are rapidly shifting toward a future where remote work is the norm. AI is expanding, 5G is spreading, and cloud computing is becoming increasingly common. All of this means that the forecasts of the past bear little relevance to the realities of tomorrow. In addition to purchasing standby generators that can be paralleled to generate the energy you need, you may find it more economical to invest in microgrid technology. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this can cost anywhere from $2 to $4 million/MW, depending on location and the required infrastructure. However, the returns on this investment are invaluable. After all, a properly installed and maintained microgrid will help ensure your data center never runs out of the power you need to keep the servers operational. This translates to greater versatility and reliability, which is guaranteed to boost your reputation and attract new clients eager to secure reliable data center services. Do you have questions about the best systems to keep your data center operational? Contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070, and we will be happy to give you the answers you need to make the best decision for your business.
The Benefits of a Custom Built Generator

The Benefits of a Custom Built Generator

The Benefits of a Custom Built Generator Our custom built generators take into account high power demands, usage requirements, and more. The result is a cost-effective solution tailored to your needs and designed to help you achieve your goals. It’s possible to find a good fit any time you buy something off the shelf. Whether it’s clothes or a power generator, you can find something that will address your basic needs, and with a bit of modification, can perform as required. But, when you want perfection and a system custom engineered and built for your specific needs, opting for a bespoke generator is the only option we recommend. At Central Power Systems & Services, our team can help you zero in on your needs and deliver your wants with a custom-designed generator that will produce optimal performance and exceptional results. The Advantages of Custom Built Power Generation Systems Custom-built systems are built to your specifications and utilize components ideally suited for your operational environment. This includes engines and alternator configurations, as well as canopies and other critical elements. Ultimately, this creates a solid foundation that will provide reliable performance in desert conditions, woodlands, construction sites, off-shore, etc. Custom power generation equipment also features custom power management solutions, including switchboards, generator control systems, ATS, and control panels. These can be custom-built to facilitate ease of access, remote monitoring and control, and more. This gives you total control over power capacity and operation. Plus, it makes it easier for you to monitor and maintain your system throughout its serviceable lifespan. Naturally, when you build a generator from the ground up, you also get to select which type of fuel and fuel delivery system you want to utilize. Here again, our PowerForce team can customize your generator to operate on the fuel best suited for the region, operational environment, and application. To that end, we can also help you select the ideal fuel storage solution that will ensure your generator has sufficient fuel supplies for your typical needs. Finally, we also help our clients take into account environmental regulations, potential threats, and other factors related to regulatory requirements, including emissions, noise, etc. We will make sure your system is not only Tier 4 compliant but that it is also upgradeable should new environmental regulations come into play down the road. Quality Controls You Can Count Upon Whether we are using components from the shelf or building them from scratch, our clients can rest assured that we only use high-quality components. Our rigid testing and inspection processes ensure that the finished generator system won’t falter and fail because substandard components were used in the construction. Each custom-built generator we manufacture is thoroughly tested at various stages of production. Multiple eyes and tests confirm that the finished product performs as designed and will deliver your required reliable performance. If any component is found to be deficient, we will replace it, retest the system, and confirm that any issues are resolved before we continue the manufacturing process. Central Power Systems & Services Provides Cost-Effective Solutions Our custom built generators take into account high power demands, usage requirements, and more. The result is a cost-effective solution tailored to your needs and designed to help you achieve your goals. We proudly offer training, reliable warranties, dependable generator maintenance and repair service, and long-term technical support for the customized power generation systems we manufacture. Are you in the market for a custom-built generator? Contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070 to speak with our PowerForce team of engineers and to start the process of designing a bespoke generator for your business. We are happy to make initial recommendations and provide an estimated timeline for the production and delivery of your system.
Weighing Different UPS Options

Weighing Different UPS Options

Weighing Different UPS Options There are many types of UPS options available, and it is vital to select the one that best fits your needs. Taking the time to understand the capabilities and operation of each will help ensure you select the ideal solution. Modern life depends on reliable power. It is that simple, but it is not always that reliable. With grid failures becoming increasingly common, your business needs a dependable Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to provide the emergency power required to keep your computers, lights, etc., operational until the standby generator kicks on or the power is restored. There are many types of UPS options available, and it is vital to select the one that best fits your needs. Taking the time to understand the capabilities and operation of each will help ensure you select the ideal solution. Static UPS
Static UPS systems use a battery and are designed to deliver instantaneous power. This gives you considerable protection against power sags, surges, variations in frequency, harmonics, and more. Static UPS systems are ideal for high-security facilities, small data centers, and offices.
Dynamic UPS
Dynamic UPS systems typically replace the battery with a kinetic energy storage system that relies on an electric generator to transform electrical energy into mechanical operation. These systems are ideal for hospitals, data centers, manufacturing facilities, and locations where fluctuations in power quality or sudden loss of power can be catastrophic.
Hybrid UPS
Hybrid systems combine batteries with an alternative power source, i.e., solar panels or battery storage. Paired with an inverter, these systems will charge batteries from the grid and discharge power when load leveling is required. Hybrid systems are ideal for use when the goal is to use stored off-peak power during peak periods.
Diesel Rotary UPS
Also known as DRUPS systems, these use a diesel-fueled electrical generator to power your system for as long as your fuel supply lasts. Ideal for situations where power disruptions can be lengthy, DRUPS systems store kinetic energy within a flywheel to drive the electrical generator.
Sizing Up Your UPS Options One of the first things you will have to consider is the proper size of the system for the load. This will help narrow your search down to the systems that have the capacity your operations require. When sizing your needs, consider all the equipment you will want to protect with your UPS. You will want to calculate both the amps and volts required for each device and multiply these two numbers to arrive at the VoltAmps (VA) required. Then, multiply the VA with the total number of devices, and then add both this number and the VA together, and you will arrive at the most accurate load calculation. Finally, it is advisable to multiply this number by 1.2 to give yourself a little wiggle room as your business grows and your need for additional power rises. Consider the Threats To Your Operations When considering a UPS for your business, you want to select a system that is rated to address the specific threats to your equipment, computers, machines, etc. Thus, you will want to thoroughly investigate surges, blackouts, brownouts, voltage sags, over-voltage, frequency noise, frequency variation, harmonic distortion, etc. While your UPS should provide protection against all of these, some systems are better suited for specific problems than others. Thus, it is worth taking the time to investigate the capabilities of the UPS option. Are you searching for the best UPS for your business? Contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070, and we will be happy to assist you. Our experts can help you understand the features and functions of different UPS options and help you identify the best make and model for your operations.

An Intro To Our PowerForce Custom Manufacturing Brand

An Intro To Our PowerForce Custom Manufacturing Brand At Central Power Systems & Services, our PowerForce custom manufacturing services ensure you have the power you need to get the job done. Whether exploring new gas deposits or producing finished goods, custom power solutions are the key to achieving the results you desire. At Central Power Systems & Services, our PowerForce custom manufacturing services ensure you have the power you need to get the job done. We can design, manufacture, and service custom power generation solutions designed to provide efficient, reliable operation whether you are working in the desert, exploring coastal environments, or digging deep through mountainous terrain. Power Generation You Can Depend on! The demands of 21st-century operations require reliable power generation equipment. As you work to satiate the world’s need for energy, we work hard to ensure your equipment can operate at full speed no matter the environment, forecast, or production schedule. Our custom-built power generation equipment is manufactured to strict quality standards to ensure that each unit is robust, eco-friendly, and rugged. Our systems are Tier 4 compliant and manufactured to ensure superior eco-friendly performance. We are proud to engineer our generator systems so that they will meet your needs today, tomorrow, and well into the future. And, we will be there for you when tomorrow comes and it’s time to maintain, repair, or upgrade your system. Fast, Efficient Power Distribution We make it easy to keep the power flowing to your computers, equipment, and machinery. Our systems are designed to deliver superior performance and competitive savings. We work hard to keep your systems operational regardless of power spikes, power failures, or natural disasters that can take the power grid down for days on end. We install, maintain, and repair a full range of power distribution systems, including: Batteries Distributed Power Busways Transformers IT Cabinets Liquid Leak Detection Equipment Power Distribution Units Rack Power Distribution Systems Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) We will help you identify the most effective solutions for your needs. Our power distribution experts can help you develop a comprehensive power distribution infrastructure that considers your present needs and forecasted growth in the future. Drivetrain/Power Train Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Reliable power is the best defense against all threats, foreign and domestic. At Central Power Systems & Services, we are proud to work with the nation’s defense industry and first responders to ensure safe and secure communities. Our factory-authorized engine and transmission facilities allow us to service your tracked vehicles, wheeled vehicles, and marine propulsion units. We are proud to remanufacture the components that keep them operational. We adhere to strict production controls and maintain the highest quality standards throughout the process. Whether we are working on powered tools, toolboxes, power distribution equipment, meters, motors, or small components, you can rest assured the finished results will exceed your expectations. We invite you to contact Central Power Systems & Services for more information about the services we offer that keep your mobile power generators, diesel standby generators, gaseous generators, light towers, and more fully operational!

Natural Disasters Reiterate the Need for Backup Power

Natural Disasters Reiterate the Need for Backup Power At Central Power, our teams can recommend mobile generator sets, continuous gaseous generators, UPS, and other power generation systems capable of producing sufficient electricity in an emergency.

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 a UPS Power Solution? 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.

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

The Critical Power Needs of Hospitals and Healthcare 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.

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

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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