In the world of emergency power, your equipment is only as good as its ability to stay on when the lights go out. Most backup power comes in the form of generators or batteries and within these categories, the choices can be overwhelming in terms of size, load capacity, generator or UPS life, repair costs, etc. To make things easier, it helps to better understand what the main types of emergency power systems look like, how they operate, and what functions and applications they best serve before deciding what you need. Today we will look more closely at one of these emergency systems types, the Flywheel UPS. Let’s start with the basics.
For most organizations, spring means new fiscal budgets and capital projects on the calendar. The beginning of a new year is always a great time to take a step back and look at the overall big picture of your emergency power infrastructure. Understanding where your critical power equipment stands in its lifecycle can prevent downtime and headache from catastrophes that may have been easily avoidable. For many organizations, a facility assessment is crucial when you are evaluating your critical power infrastructure. Through an assessment, you can be armed with enough information to determine upcoming goals and requirements for your facility and specific company needs. A comprehensive facility assessment will allow you to review challenges that your building, location, or infrastructure may have. In this article we will discuss some of the items you may be investigating during your review of the critical power infrastructure in your facility.
With tax season in full swing, it is a good time to explore tax deductions that may help your bottom line. At QPS, we find that many of our clients don’t realize that there are deductions or tax benefits regarding your critical power equipment available.
As with any tax related topic, please consult with your tax professional to see if some of the ideas below make sense for your organization.
As a follow up to our Lighting inverter series, this article will focus on the components of a lighting inverter and how they may differ from a UPS. UPS systems are typically used for critical power applications where both power conditioning and uninterrupted power is required. They typically have shorter run time and rely on batteries to keep the system running in the event of an outage. While there are UPS systems that are UL924 approved, a UPS is typically used in non-lighting applications such as data centers, hospitals and other critical environments, keeping your servers, computers and other equipment operational in the event of a power outage. A lighting inverter is similar to a line-interactive UPS, where the unit passes utility power to support systems until there is an outage, then draws from batteries to provide power during the outage window.
UL924 Emergency Lighting Central Inverter/ UPS Systems are different than other mission critical power systems in that their application is designed for life safety in emergency situations. Emergency lighting inverters are regulated by various life safety codes that address what needs to happen regarding egress lighting in the event of a power failure. Some of these codes specifically include:
In the critical power equipment industry we get a lot of questions regarding emergency lighting. This article is the first in a three part series discussing what a lighting inverter is, how to maintain it, and what standards exist that facilities need to adhere to. Before we can discuss emergency lighting inverter maintenance and standards, it’s important to understand the different types of lighting inverters, what they do and why they are important. Read more
When you think of power outages in this country, you generally think of weather related incidents and natural disasters – things like floods, fire, ice storms, heat waves and tornadoes.
It’s true, many power outages can be attributed to these events. However, believe it or not, many of the power outages that occur in the US are not the result of bad weather, but instead the result of squirrels and other small animals.
Yes, squirrels! And incidents seem to be on the rise. In fact, the number of incidents has significantly risen since we last touched on the squirrel issue in 2014. This squirrel problem is noteworthy enough that there is even a tongue-in-cheek website devoted to tracking power outages, or “cyber squirrel attacks” across the world: http://cybersquirrel1.com/ Even the Eaton Blackout Tracker lists animal related outages as causing 5% of all outages country-wide.
Energy efficiency is an important factor to consider in today’s backup power infrastructure, as it’s one of the leading causes of excessive energy cost. The national average for commercial businesses energy costs is $2.29 per square foot, per year and for some facilities may be much higher. This figure is based on estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Buildings Energy Data Book.
Do you know if your UPS is as energy efficient as it should be? Just because your equipment is being properly maintained and routinely serviced doesn’t mean that you have the most energy efficient system. If you aren’t sure how efficient your system is, download the Quality Power Solution Energy Savings Calculator now and find out.
Once you’ve used our Energy Savings Calculator, you may have found out that your UPS system is not as efficient as you thought. To resolve this issue, the best solution may be to invest in a more efficient, or properly sized system, which will give you the latest in energy efficient technology. Read more
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the confluence of everyday objects and the internet in which these devices have network connectivity and can send and receive data. Of all the various business units, facility management has the potential to be transformed more than any other by the rise of the Internet of Things. It is such a complex field involving numerous systems (both technological and human-powered) working in concert to control a wide range of variables that adding elements of automation and inter-connectivity can have a dramatic effect on the efficiency and performance of critical facility infrastructure. As the IoT continues to proliferate, there will be even more solutions coming to the market for facility managers who are looking to streamline operations and control costs, especially around their critical infrastructure.