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.
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.

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.

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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