Schneider Electric Announces Lithium-ion Battery Options for Its 3-Phase UPS Solutions

Schneider Electric Announces Lithium-ion Battery Options for Its 3-Phase UPS Solutions

Technology improvements and lower cost accelerating adoption by the data center industry

Andover, Mass., March 3, 2016 – Today, Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, announced that it will support the use of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries as an alternative to Valve Regulated Sealed Lead-Acid (VRLA) batteries for many of its three-phase
uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs).

Schneider Electric is helping customers address some of the key challenges they face with using

UPSs including:

  • Significantly reducing UPS footprint and weight to allow for a more effective use of space: Li-ion batteries pack a lot of energy into a much smaller footprint. As a result, they take up only about one-third the space (or less) of a comparable VRLA-based solution that delivers the same power. This helps customers increase the footprint available for IT equipment while also reducing cooling requirements, which saves both capital costs and ongoing operating costs.
  • Extending UPS battery life and reducing maintenance overhead: Lithium’s long design life greatly reduces the cost and maintenance burdens of performing battery replacements.

“While VRLAs remain the dominant UPS energy storage technology due to their low cost and high reliability, lithium-ion is becoming a more attractive option for a growing set of customers,” said Pedro Robredo, Vice President of Secure Power Systems, Schneider Electric. “While the initial cost remains higher than comparable VRLA, the price gap has reduced significantly in the last few years. Based on the application, Li-ion solutions can offer a projected Total Cost of Ownership savings from 10 percent to 40 percent over their design life.”

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See the origial article and read more at: http://it-resource.schneider-electric.com/h/i/223066032-schneider-electric-in-the-news-march-2016

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