Schneider Electric Introduces New Single-Phase Smart-UPS


New APC by Schneider Electric UPS models provide power range from 5kVA-10kVA.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the expansion of its family of single-phase Smart-UPS On-Line uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with the inclusion of new 5 – 10kVA models. Delivering the most manageable, reliable, dense, and efficient UPS in its class, the 5kVA UPS units have a power factor of 0.9, while the 6 – 10kVA units feature unity power factor capability, helping reduce complexity when specifying power protection while providing more real power for active power factor corrected electronics.

“In today’s increasingly connected world, disruption or loss of power to critical equipment translates into high costs and potential reputational damage for businesses,” said Michael Maiello, Sr. Vice President, Home and Business Networks, APC by Schneider Electric. “Our new unity power factor Smart-UPS On-Line models provide simple, convenient, flexible, and reliable power back up, allowing users to feel assured their important equipment and electronics will be protected when they need it most.”

Ideal for a range of applications, from network and server rooms to branch offices and secure power uses, the new APC Smart-UPS On-Line provides scalable, extended runtime and efficient power quality and performance for critical applications. A flexible design that can be configured for rack-mounted or free standing applications also makes the Smart-UPS On-Line easy to install, operate, and service in almost any environment. Additionally, integrated PowerChute Network Shutdown and an embedded network management card with environmental monitoring and remote user interface enable further accessories and communication options to be conveniently added.

Allowing users to avoid costly loss or corruption of data and equipment caused by transients, noise or hard system shutdowns, the Smart-UPS On-Line utilizes built-in automatic bypass to ensure seamless power to the load even in the event of a failure. Double conversion online capability also provides tight voltage and frequency regulation and zero transfer time for reactive loads such as machinery.
New Smart-UPS On-Line models are equipped with a bundle of features to improve efficiency allowing end users to reduce their annual utility cost. New models are ENERGY STAR® qualified and are operable in a high efficiency “green” mode that can reach 97 percent efficiency.

The Smart-UPS On-Line’s graphical LCD display with multi-color backlight provides a real-time, at-a-glance display of UPS status as well as diagnostic and log information. Additional key features of the Smart-UPS On-Line include:
Switchable Outlet Groups: Enables non-critical load shedding, reboot of hung equipment, and sequenced start-up and shutdown.
Hot-Swappable Batteries: User-replaceable batteries ensure continuous operation of the load even when the batteries are being replaced.
Intelligent Battery Management with Predictive Battery Replacement: A temperature-compensated charger continually adjusts to enhance battery life, provides battery health information, and deploys an advanced warning and location information when a battery needs to be replaced.
Faster Recharge Time: Ensures system availability during successive power failures.
Added Resilience: Operates with or without a battery for guaranteed restart, diagnostics and logs.


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Research and Markets: Surge Protection Device Market

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Surge Protection Device Market in the Americas 2015-2019” report to their offering.

The Surge Protection Devices market in North America to grow at a CAGR of 5.95% over the period 2014-2019

Surge protectors are mostly installed in power distribution panels, communication systems, process control systems, and other heavy-duty industrial systems so that all electrical or electronic devices are safeguarded from electrical surges and spikes, especially the ones caused by lightning. Compact versions of the same are installed in the service entrance electrical panel of a residential house to protect all electrical and electronic devices used inside.

The growth of the renewable energy sector is one of the major trends emerging in the market. Solar PV panels and wind turbines are highly susceptible to lightning strikes which have led to the usage of surge protection devices for the protection of these types of equipment.

According to the report, one of the major growth drivers of this market is the demand for electronic devices. The Americas is perhaps the most developed region in the world, especially North America and, therefore, people have the financial power to use all possible electrical and electronic devices. It is necessary to protect these devices from over-voltage spikes and hence there is a demand for surge protection devices.

The lack of complete power quality solutions affects the market potential negatively. Vendors are still unable to provide their customers with a complete solution that protects devices from all kinds of electrical spikes. This is a major challenge for the market.

Key Vendors

Emerson Electric
GE Industrial Solutions
Leviton Manufacturing
Schneider Electric
Tripp Lite

Other Prominent Vendors

Monster Cable Products
Prime Wire and Cables
Protection Technology Group

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary
2. List of Abbreviations
3. Scope of the Report
4. Market Research Methodology
5. Introduction
6. Market Landscape
7. Market Segmentation by Product
8. Plug-in Surge Protection Device Market
9. Hard-wired Surge Protection Device Market
10. Market Segmentation by End-users
11. Buying Criteria
12. Market Growth Drivers
13. Drivers and their Impact
14. Market Challenges
15. Impact of Drivers and Challenges
16. Market Trends
17. Trends and their Impact
18. Vendor Landscape
19. Key Vendor Analysis

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1% Penetration of Containerized & Modular Data Centers Still Earns Millions


With growth of new shipments estimated at roughly 20% for 2015, the installed base figure will grow to between 250MW and 300MW by the end of the year, making containerized and modular data centers account for 1% of the total data center IT load estimated.

Nearly 200MW of IT load capacity is estimated to currently be housed in containerized or modular data centers around the globe. With growth of new shipments estimated at roughly 20% for 2015, the installed base figure will grow to between 250MW and 300MW by the end of the year, making containerized and modular data centers account for 1% of the total data center IT load estimated. These findings are from a new report by IHS, Containerized and Modular Data Centers – 2015, that defines this market to include products that are “prefabricated, fully enclosed, mobile structures that house data center infrastructure.”

Liz Cruz, the report author, explains that “while 1% may seem like a small number to some, it should be remembered that containerized data centers have only been commercially offered for a few years, and we’re looking at its penetration of all data center IT load globally, which IHS currently estimates to be nearing 30,000MW. So a measly 1% ends up being an annual market worth almost three-quarters of a billion dollars.”

The installed base of containerized and modular data centers, as measured in IT load capacity, is projected to grow at a nearly 30% CAGR over the next five years. A wider swath of customers has become aware of the benefits of containerized and modular data centers, leading to increased adoption in recent years. The appeal of these units includes speed of deployment, outsourced data center design, mobility, offsite manufacturing, a single point of control for all systems, and potential tax and real estate cost reductions.

In addition to the hyperscale customers who helped to popularize the idea of putting thousands of servers in one mobile enclosure, the market now includes an increasing number of innovative and niche uses for these products. One recent example is a project by a Phoenix-area public utility which plans to deploy a containerized data center near one of its generation plants in order to provide power directly from a bulk transmission line, thereby negating the need for a backup generator.

Though the market has a high growth projection over the next five years, Cruz explains that “it will likely be 2025 or later before containerized data centers will account for as much as 5% of the total IT load capacity, and it is not expected that penetration will ever move much beyond that mark. So while containerized data centers are currently growing at a much faster rate than traditional ones, they will always remain a comparatively small portion of the market.”

IHS regularly analyzes all aspects of the data center infrastructure market. Containerized and Modular Data Centers – 2015 provides in-depth analysis across three world regions: the Americas, EMEA, and Asia. Unit shipments, average unit prices, and revenues are estimated for 2014 and forecast through 2019. The market is segmented by region, product type, vertical market, and IT load rating. Supplier market share estimates are presented, and an analysis of the competitive environment is also provided.


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P3 presented with annual awards from the Eaton Corporation

The Eaton Corporation announced today that it presented Power Protection Products, Inc. (P3) with two of its coveted manufacturers’ representative awards for the North American markets.

The Power Factor Representative of the Year

The Power Factor Representative of the Year was awarded to P3 based on a variety of factors that included sales goal obtainment, business development and contribution to the power factor correction product line. Richard Orman, Eaton’s National Sales Manager, commented, “P3 has done an outstanding job of combining sales, customer service and business development making a very successful year of growth for our product line.” P3 was chosen over a large group of manufacturer representative firms from across the Country.

Hybrid Representative of the Year

Also, on the same day, the Eaton Corporation announced that P3 has earned the Hybrid Representative of the Year Award. This annual award is given to the Manufacturers’ Representative firm that encompasses the best combination of sales obtainment, customer service and contribution to the development of the total Power Quality business.

“We are pleased and honored to receive the ‘Hybrid Rep of the Year Award’ from Eaton,” said Mark Cowart, Principal, at P3. “We have enjoyed our relationship with the Eaton team over the past several years and look forward to an even more successful future.”

P3 was established in 1996 and serves Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa with sales staff that combines experience and technical ability to provide its clients with a trusted advisor relationship. With over sixty years of combined power quality and critical facility experience, P3 has earned its reputation as one of the best in the business.

About Power Protection Products, Inc.

Power Protection Products, Inc. specializes in the sales, distribution and marketing of a variety of data center infrastructure, power quality and energy enhancing products and services including, surge protection, uninterruptible power supplies, harmonic conditioning and energy saving transformers and other data center power and cooling equipment. The Company also provides data center solutions, facility wide power quality studies, various conferences and seminars with respect to data center design, power quality and energy monitoring.

The Company is also the founder of Power Quality University which is a unique data center and power quality training and educational program. Educational programs are provided free to all interested parties.

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New Microsoft Data Center taking shape in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa —For commuters on Highway 5, it’s impossible to miss: A booming construction site on the southeast corner of West Des Moines.

Microsoft’s new high-tech data center is taking shape. The city and Microsoft are pumping millions of dollars into the area for development. Hundreds of workers are constructing the first two buildings of the four-phase project.

More than $1 million square feet of new buildings have a cost of $1.1 billion.

“This is the first type of project like this that Microsoft has ever done. It’s probably one of the largest data centers that anybody has ever done in the country,” said Clyde Evans, West Des Moines Economic Development director.

West Des Moines is investing $87 million in infrastructure around the data center, which is money city officials said will spur future developments.

“It probably opens up about another 800 to 1,000 acres that doesn’t presently have infrastructure,” Evans said.

Infrastructure improvements include paving rural roads like Pine Avenue.

That has an immediate impact on local commutes.

“Huge impact when they put in the new road. It takes about five to seven minutes off my route to work,” said Renee Soper, who lives near the site.
City officials said the first phase is slightly behind schedule due to inclement weather, but is slated to be complete by summer.

Microsoft has assured 84 full-time jobs with this project.

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