When there’s a power outage, data centers rely on Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems to switch to backup batteries, which keep the facility running until generators kick in. This period when batteries are in use is commonly referred to as “battery runtime” or “ride-through time.” Over the last ten years, there has been a notable trend in data center design to minimize battery runtime. This shift offers data center owners an opportunity to reconsider the battery technologies they employ for backup power in their facilities. This paper delves into the trend of decreased runtime in the industry as well as the battery technologies best suited for addressing this trend.
This white paper provides an informational guide to the United States Codes and Standards regarding Energy Storage Systems (ESS), including battery storage systems for uninterruptible power supplies and other battery backup systems. While various technologies, such as flywheels, fuel cells, compressed gas, and others, are either in use or development, the primary focus of most of the jurisdictional Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) is currently being placed on electrochemical storage systems. For this reason, this paper will focus primarily on those technologies.
As cloud-based services and storage become central to business operations, data centers are under increasing pressure to ensure the resilience of their mission critical facilities. Data centers rely on uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to secure continued operations during power outages and other disturbances, most often powered by lead-acid batteries. However, UPS systems that utilize nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery technology have specific advantages over lead-acid in terms of performance, reliability, safety, lifetime cost and climate impact.
Boundless analyzed the climate impact of the ZincFive nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery technology, taking into account key performance indicators such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water footprint, energy footprint, and hazardous material requirements, scoring ZincFive’s NiZn batteries at 9.4 with 10 representing the highest positive environmental impact.
As supply chain sustainability draws increased attention from stakeholders, scope 3 emissions data need to be included in carbon accounting to provide an accurate assessment of a data center’s climate impact. Once this data is widely available, companies can ensure actions to reduce these emissions, including improving the sustainability of their energy storage practices using battery chemistries with low climate impact such as nickel-zinc (NiZn).
Data centers are impacted by their internal power infrastructures. Data center real estate is always at a premium. Every square foot dedicated to the power infrastructure footprint reduces the space for revenue-generating servers and storage.
Data center design and provisioning is a process of balancing the opportunities and requirements of several diverging trends. AI, machine learning and deep learning are driving up power consumption in each rack, necessitating new strategies for power architecture.
As data centers expand in size and number, so will the demand for sufficient, reliable and safe backup power. Data center operators, managers and engineers need to understand the latest regulatory requirements to meet regional fire codes and maximize the safety of their facilities. NFPA 855 is now the guiding document.
From process control to retail, businesses everywhere are using data-driven strategies to improve their product and service offerings. They are building Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures that collect large volumes of data from edge devices for delivery to cloud-based servers for processing.
Edge computing is a growing and dynamic part of the cloud computing architecture, to satisfy emerging real-time services for consumers and business, such as on-demand content, IoT, 5G services and e-commerce.
Nickel-zinc (NiZn) is the world’s only high-power, fail-safe, fully recyclable battery technology, which makes it an ideal choice for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery backup. Key attributes to consider with any battery chemistry utilized in UPS applications include power density, safety, reliability, sustainability, and total cost of ownership.
As cloud-based services and storage become central to business operations, data center operations leaders are under increasing pressure to improve operating characteristics, such as revenue per sq. ft., power consumption and safety.
Throughout the world, cities and towns are adopting “Smart Cities” technologies as a way to improve the quality of life in their districts, neighborhoods, and communities. In particular, many cities are deploying Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which help them to better manage traffic conditions and road safety, reduce congestion, increase energy efficiency, and improve the mobility of their citizens. Register for this paper to learn why UPS are an essential backup component for today’s ITS.
Through advances in and incorporation of wireless and communications based technologies, vehicles and infrastructure have become increasingly intertwined, resulting in the creation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has defined ITS as an operational system of various technologies that, when combined and managed, improve the overall system’s operating capabilities. Over the past few decades, ITS have emerged as an essential component of our transportation system, providing not only convenience but also information that can prevent potential crashes, keep traffic moving, and decrease the negative environmental impacts of the sector. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is a monumental commitment by the U.S. government to the future of our transportation system.