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Schneider Electric invests $13m in Latvian factory

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:54 -- Laura Varriale
Schneider Electric

French critical power supplier Schneider Electric is to build a production facility for its Latvian subsidiary Lexel Fabrika for $13m.

Lexel Fabrika manufactures electromechanical and electrical equipment for Schneider Electric’s product. It also serves the Scandinavian and German market with electronic appliances. The new plant is aimed to produce new product lines.

Lexel Fabrika had a turnover of $50m in 2013, placing the company among Latvia’s top-earning businesses. “The success factors that have been driving business growth in previous years included launch of new production lines and taking over additional production lines from other companies of the Schneider Electric group,” said Schneider Electric Latvia spokeswoman Santa Rutka.

Schneider Electric Latvian CEO Kaspars Rokens noted that the launch of the new plant's construction is a significant investment project and asserts confidence in Latvia's economic growth.

The construction of the new plant started in July and should be finished in the first half of 2015. Lexel Fabrika is Schneider Electric’s only producing enterprise in the Baltic States.

Ador Digatron India appoints director for Pune facility

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:42 -- Laura Varriale
Somnath Singha, director of Ador Digatron

Ador Powertron and Digatron Power Electronics have hired Somnath Singha as director for the companies’s Indo-German joint venture (JV) Ador Digatron India in Pune, India.

Singha has worked for critical power supplier Emerson and was, before joining the JV, CEO of Adino Telecom where he restructured the company. He has more than 20 years of experience in the uninterruptible power supplier and battery industry.

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Schneider Electric launches smart-UPS in Southern Africa

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:56 -- Laura Varriale
Schneider Electric Smart-UPS

Schneider Electric has introduced two models of its next-generation uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to Southern Africa markets.

The UPS models, standard SMT and extended run SMX, are designed to handle low, medium as well as high load levels and to protect equipment against blackouts and spikes.

The models are equipped with features such as an intuitive LCD user interface, switched outlet groups, battery management indicator and an emergency power off option.

“The enhanced intelligent battery ensures that the temperature compensated charger extends battery life and advanced algorithms recommend replacement date,” said Schneider Electric distribution account manager Christelle Larkins.

A “green” mode enables efficiencies of more than 97% and saves utility and cooling costs without compromising performance or reliability, according to the UPS supplier.

“It is a trusted product to protect critical data and equipment from power problems as the UPS supplies clean and reliable network-grade power,” said Larkins and added that the models have already been introduced to European, US and Australian markets.

The UPS units come with a three-year warranty and can be used in the telecom sector, banks, retail stores, laboratories, medical sectors and areas with security devices.

Critical Power Supplies adds Flow Battery’s backup system to portfolio

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:24 -- Laura Varriale
Flow Battery compressed-air backup

Energy solutions supplier Critical Power Supplies has added Flow Battery’s compressed-air battery system to its product portfolio.

The Pnu Power system for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) applications uses compressed-air cylinders to drive a scroll generator that is designed to deliver up to 4kW of AC or DC backup power, according to Flow Battery.

The compressed-air battery system aims to be more cost-effective in comparison to conventional UPS and more reliable than lead-acid batteries. The system has a low maintenance and a consistent performance, claimed Chester-based Flow Battery.

The service life of the Pnu Power range is expected to be more than 40 years.

Flow Battery recently installed a compressed-air backup at National Grid’s Elland substation in Yorkshire, UK.

Eaton introduces blackout prediction app

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:58 -- Laura Varriale
Eaton app

Power management specialist Eaton has launched an app that aims to predict and manage power outages at data centres.

The “Blackout and Power Outage Tracker” is designed to enable data centre managers to check their susceptibility to grid outages, claimed Eaton.

The app works on the state of the power grid locally and across the national coverage of the UK and Ireland.

The system can identify causes, duration and number of people affected by power outages. It calculates the regional impact and gives data centres background information for submitting damage claims against their utility provider, according to Eaton.

Blackouts caused by accidents, grid over-demands or natural disasters are unpredictable, but Eaton wants to focus on prevention.

“Although some of these causes may be unpreventable, with the right power protection a company can help protect its data and equipment during any blackout,” said Steve Spicer, sales manager at Eaton.

Eaton claimed it uses the app to draw awareness to the need of uninterruptible power supplies.

The company recently introduced its power management system, which is integrated with EMC’s VSPEX infrastructure system.

Emerson assigns Bangladeshi distributor

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:55 -- Laura Varriale
Emerson data centre

Emerson Network Power has appointed Bangladeshi company Computer Source as its distributor for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

The distribution contract is part of Emerson’s plans to expand its presence in the growing IT market of Bangladesh.

"Computer Source has a strong relationship with the Bangladesh channel community along with a successful history and robust distribution presence with a network of 1,500 (approx.) partners spread across more than 40 cities,” said Sanjay Zadoo, country manager channel business of Emerson Greater India.

The agreement aims to target the growing need of UPS and data centre infrastructure management solutions among small and medium businesses in Bangladesh.

“With Emerson Network Power’s reliable and highly effective solutions, together with our expertise in this model, the venture will help cater to the increasing businesses across the country,” said Abu Mostofa Chowdhury Sujon, director of Computer Source.

Earlier this month, Bangladeshi prime minister’s energy affairs adviser endorsed to increase installations of UPS across the country on large scale, as the demand of reliable power is growing.

Toshiba reveals 1000kVA UPS

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:44 -- Laura Varriale
Toshiba UPS

Toshiba has added a 1000kVA UPS for data centres and other mission-critical facilities to its G9000 product line.

The double-conversion system has a capacity of 1000kVA/1000kW and provides reliable power at up to 97% AC/DC/AC efficiency at loads from 50 to 100%, according to the company. At 20% load, it should still have an efficiency of 95%. The input power factor is greater than 0.99, the input voltage ranges is from 15% to -20% and the output power factor is rated at unity. The company claimed that the UPS is the largest unit yet of its G9000 products.

The UPS was developed at Toshiba’s Houston facility in the US and is designed for stand-alone or parallel use in up to eight unit configurations without requiring paralleling or load sharing intelligence in the switchgear cabinet. The UPS aims further to support 100% step-load changes without battery discharge. The dynamic response of the inverter shall eliminate the need for an output transformer.

The UPS comes with a three-year onsite warranty. Other units of G9000 line have a capacity ranging from 100 to 750kVA.

Powertecnique installs standby generator at train operating centre

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:58 -- Laura Varriale
model of York Enigineers’ Triangle

Powertecnique has struck a deal with Network Rail to deliver a standby generator at the “York Engineers’ Triangle”, a rail operating and training centre, in York, UK.

The generator is a 1,250kVA prime rated genset, synchronising two different mains supplies with DeepSea 8000 series controllers with additional PLC control systems and a G59 relay. The genset aims to minimise unplanned downtime or disruption to critical power.

The contract also provides the installation of an underground bulk fuel tank with remote fuel point and double skinned connecting pipework with leak detection and an additional 1,100kW resistive load bank for full load testing to the generator or other uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

“We worked alongside BAM Construction and consultants Ramboll to deliver the solution for the operating centre, before presenting the proposed solution to Network Rail”, said Peter Chai-Tsai, sales and marketing director at Powertecnique.

The operating centre in York is planned to be the largest in the UK, controlling the signaling along the east coast from London King’s Cross to the Scottish borders. “There has been a huge nationwide upgrade on operating centres and the site in York will bring in signals from across the region through large central technologies. It is imperative that the site’s power is supported continuously to keep operations running as smoothly as possible”, added Chai-Tsai.

Korea unprepared for power outages

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:14 -- Laura Varriale
Chae Kyu-mun, Schneider Electric executive Korea

Power supplier Schneider Electric has warned that South Korea lacks of equipment to cope with power cuts.

A nationwide survey on behalf of Schneider Electric has shown that only 40% of over 1,400 asked organisations, including hospitals and data centres, have uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) installed.

"We've seen many power supply issues. Local industries are still passive (in this area). As summer is approaching, risks over possible blackouts are growing", said Chae Kyu-mun, executive at Schneider Electric Korea.

Chae urged the country to reduce power consumption and to deploy automated UPS to counter blackouts as chronic power shortages in the summer increase the demand of back-up power.

According to Schneider Electric, local industries are not implementing energy-saving regulations entirely. Hospitals have started to introduce UPS systems, Chae stated and added: "Especially in hospital and transportation industries, UPS is crucial as even a brief power cut could cause great damage."

In 2011, power cuts across the whole country during an unseasonable heat wave caused a public uproar forcing the head of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Choi Jung-gyeong, to resign.

The total market for UPS in Korea is estimated at $490m, with Schneider holding a 30% share.

ABB launches multi-MW UPS

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:50 -- Laura Varriale

Switzerland ABB has revealed a medium voltage uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with multi-MW ratings and a claimed efficiency of 99.5%.

ABB will initially launch the PCS100 MV UPS series into the Chinese market. “China is a key market for large UPS products where vast electronic systems in factories draw from tens to hundreds of megawatts of power,” said ABB Power Conditioning general manager John Penny and added: “It is now a major research center for much of the world’s high technology industry.”

The PCS100 MV is industrially rated, but is also set to target mega-size data centres, which have similar characteristics to semiconductor fabrication plants, stated ABB. “The trend towards free air cooling and centralized protection makes medium voltage UPS protection with an industrially rated product a very attractive solution”, noted Penny. Factory designers can locate power protection more remotely in a centralised location, away from the production, he adds. The UPS is designed to minimise life cycle costs with low loss and wide temperature range that reduce cooling costs.

The energy storage is kept at low voltage levels and therefore enables storage solutions from lead-acid batteries to supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries, stated the supplier. The system is designed for a service life of at least ten years.


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