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Schneider launches Smart UPS

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:58 -- Laura Varriale
Schneider Smart-UPS

Schneider Electric has added a range of 5-10kVA uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to its APC On-Line product line.

The French firm claims its 6-10kVA units are the first single-phase UPS to feature its unity power factor capability while the 5kVA UPS have a 0.9 power factor. The products use double conversion and a design in which the inverter provides regulated power output.

The so-called 'smart' UPS are aimed to ‘know’ when they should intervene, which leads to energy savings and longer service life. Most computer and networking equipment can ride through >20ms voltage breaks. The UPS is programmed to only intervene when it is necessary. “The unity power factor provides more real power for the active power factor typically found in most IT servers and network equipment”, said Bill Manning VP Business Power Solutions at Schneider.

The new UPS range claims to be easy installed in various environments because of its flexible design. Schneider’s UPS can also be operated in a so-called “green” mode, where the double conversion operations are bypassed to enable 97% efficiency to create fewer heat losses, which in the end lead to a longer life of key components. Manning added: “With rising cost of energy and concerns over efficiency, IT and facility professionals are keen to minimise waste by ensuring a better fit between infrastructure and load requirements.”