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Why Intelligent UPS Technology Is Important for Grid Flexibility | Data Center Knowledge

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According to a recent study by analyst and consultancy OMDIA, 90% of the data center operators surveyed will be able to interact with the grid and deploy UPS systems to support key energy management initiatives within the next four years. I found it to be highly Adoption is due to the ever-increasing surge in energy demand and the momentary imbalances common to renewable energy sources, which are increasingly at risk of causing frequency fluctuations and, if unchecked, outages. That’s where grid service interaction comes in.

Intelligent batteries and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems are designed to interact and balance the grid during periods of instability to reduce costs, improve operational resiliency, and generate new revenue. Unlock benefits such as creative opportunities.

Read on to learn why these energy storage systems are important for grid balancing.

Benefits of Grid Interactive UPS Technology

UPS backup batteries leave most of their life unused. Intelligent UPS technology uses a battery storage system to store energy and release energy instantly whenever needed without interfering with the load protection capabilities of the UPS system. In addition, the grid interactive UPS can be designed to respond fast enough to dynamic frequency tuning.

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Basics of grid balancing

The grid interactive UPS must be able to power ancillary services while maintaining sufficient battery runtime to allow normal transfer to the generator in the event of a utility failure.

When the external controller detects fluctuations in the grid frequency, it commands the UPS to comply with this requirement and adjusts to the specified power setting by charging or discharging the battery within operating limits. UPS controls input power to achieve a particular goal or service by operating in a variety of different modes.

Benefits of revenue and balance

Grid Interactive UPS allows enterprise and private energy users to use balance services to commercialize stored energy and reduce overall energy costs. This type of management ensures that the power supply matches the actual demand, enhances grid stability, and enables revenue generation and energy savings.

The fast frequency response service program uses a UPS battery storage system to store and release energy instantly. Demand management, also known as “peak shaving,” is a balanced approach that reduces reliance on the grid during power shortages or high energy costs. Demand management services are provided through programs in which companies receive regular monetary payments based on the size of their contracts for such services.

Data center organizations that provide grid balancing services receive additional “energy” payments based on their speed of response to grid frequency fluctuations and the reduced energy consumption achieved.

Grid support challenges and solutions

Due to the so new technology, some operators are wondering if customers will make changes to UPS technology that relies on the protection of critical systems and whether this grid support technology will accelerate battery degradation and degradation. I’m worried.

UPS features such as Vertiv’s dynamic grid support not only allow grid flexibility, power stability, and demand management, but also pause or terminate when operating conditions deviate from specifications or increase risk. A possible UPS control system protects the battery from deterioration. In addition, the major UPS systems are designed with optimization features to control key aging factors, advanced diagnostics, and lithium-ion battery storage.

As the industry stabilizes the grid and withdraws from traditional energy sources, few can ignore the benefits of grid interactive UPS. Download the white paper to learn more about these benefits and how to use Grid Interactive UPS technology to maximize your bottom line.