There is much confusion in the marketplace about the different types of UPS systems and their characteristics. The varied types of UPSs and their attributes often cause confusion in the data center industry. A variety of design approaches are used to implement UPS systems, each with distinct performance characteristics. The Line Interactive UPS, illustrated in Figure 2, is the most common design used for small business, Web, and departmental servers. When the input power fails, the transfer switch opens and the power flows from the battery to the UPS output. In the Double Conversion On-Line design, failure of the input AC does not cause activation of the transfer switch, because the input AC is charging the backup battery source which provides power to the output inverter. This UPS design, illustrated in Figure 5, is a newer, 10 year old technology introduced to eliminate the drawbacks of the Double Conversion On-Line design and is available in sizes ranging from 5kVA to 1.6MW. A simple way to understand the energy efficiency of the delta conversion topology is to consider the energy required to deliver a package from the 4th floor to the 5th floor of a building as shown in Figure 6.
The Delta Conversion On-Line UPS provides the same output characteristics as the Double Conversion On- Line design.
The current UPS industry product offering has evolved over time to include many of these designs. Various UPS types are appropriate for different uses, and no single UPS type is ideal for all applications. Significant differences in UPS designs offer theoretical and practical advantages for different purposes. Prior to founding APC in 1981, Neil received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT in electrical engineering where he did his thesis on the analysis of a 200MW power supply for a Tokamak Fusion reactor.
Spend money at PCWorld, put some effort in and get yourself an enterprise-class suite of Internet services. Almost always, your computer equipment is one of the most expensive purchases youa€™ll make for your business and because of its sensitivity it requires clean and stable power to be supplied to it.
There are many different types of uninterrupted power supply units available on the market, and almost all of them will protect you from the complete loss of power during power failures, power surges and sags during increases or decreases in input voltage, power spikes or high voltage excursions, noise, frequency instability and harmonic distortion a€“ all power problems that can be lethal for your computer equipmenta€™s uptime or very damaging to your computer equipment. When purchasing an uninterrupted power supply, youa€™ll usually have a choice between offline, line-interactive or online uninterrupted power supply units. An offline unit simply offers surge protection and battery backup in the case of a power cut and relies on the battery to compensate for power surges and sags.
Line-interactive units contain additional circuits for protection against surges and sags as well as offering everything the offline unit does. Online units are similar to those of the other types of uninterrupted power supply units but the batteries are always connected to the inverter so that no power transfer switches are necessary. Once youa€™ve decided on which of the many different types of uninterruptible power supply you want to purchase, you need to purchase one that is big and strong enough to power all the equipment you need to power. Reillo UPS is a national company with their head offices in Wrexham, Chester and supply a full range of different types of uninterrupted power supply units. Data Power Protection resells Riello UPS devices from their offices in Liverpool and West Sussex. For your basic offline or line-interactive devices that are able to power a standard computer with screen and printer, you can expect to pay between A?45 and A?60. We also design and build energy storage systems with outdoor weather-proof enclosures that provide an uninterruptible power supply for solar applications, PBX, computer servers, data centers, as well as telecom towers.
Our lithium battery packs are professional turnkey solutions that combine lithium battery cells, a battery management system, mechanicals, communications, testers, chargers and safety certifications (e.g. For mission critical applications, safety certifications for Lithium battery packs are a must.
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We provide custom-made lithium battery chargers to secure and enhance the performance and reliability of our battery packs. Our expertise in lithium batteries and their applications offer our customers professional turnkey solutions. As we head towards the future, we know our success depends on the groundbreaking ideas of today. A UPS, or Uninterpretable Power Supply, is more than just a big battery that cuts in if you get a power cut. Item 1 is the one that most people think of when buying a UPS, however most UPS are only capable of powering a server for about 10-15 minutes.
Over Voltage Protection Over voltage is less likely to happen than under voltage or a power failure, however the process is the same as for a power failure. Each of these UPS types is defined, practical applications of each are discussed, and advantages and disadvantages are listed. For example, it is widely believed that there are only two types of UPS systems, namely standby UPS and online UPS.
In this design, the battery-to-AC power converter (inverter) is always connected to the output of the UPS. With the inverter always on and connected to the output, this design provides additional filtering and yields reduced switching transients when compared with the Standby UPS topology. This design depends on a special saturating transformer that has three windings (power connections).
However, the design has very low efficiency combined with instability when used with some generators and newer power-factor corrected computers, causing the popularity of this design to decrease significantly.
The block diagram of the Double Conversion On-Line UPS, illustrated in Figure 4, is the same as the Standby, except that the primary power path is the inverter instead of the AC main.
Therefore, during an input AC power failure, on-line operation results in no transfer time. Similar to the Double Conversion On-Line design, the Delta Conversion On-Line UPS always has the inverter supplying the load voltage. Delta Conversion technology saves energy by carrying the package only the difference (delta) between the starting and ending points.
The different UPS types have attributes that make them more or less suitable for different applications and the APC product line reflects this diversity as shown in the table below: ?2003 American Power Conversion.
The intent of this paper is to contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the various UPS topologies on the market today.

Nevertheless, the basic quality of design implementation and manufactured quality are often dominant in determining the ultimate performance achieved in the customer application.
At APC, Neil directs the world's largest R&D budget devoted to Power, Cooling, and Rack infrastructure for critical networks, with principal product development centers in Massachusetts, Missouri, Denmark, Rhode Island, Taiwan, and Ireland. From 1979 to 1981 he worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratories on flywheel energy storage systems and solar electric power systems. A If you live or work in an area where power cuts and failures are common place or if you need to make sure your computer equipment is always available to you and your employees or colleagues, a battery back-up uninterruptible power supply might be an option for you.
Most of our competitors have to rely on 3rd parties to complete their battery management system design.
In the circuit boards, we have our own micro-controller chip that integrates a precise battery gauge, cell balancing and protection circuitry and system control firmware. To ensure quality, customers can use our provided testers to test battery packs in incoming and outgoing inspection stages.
With a customersa€™ financial commitment, we provide safety certifications once we complete the custom-made designs. We eliminate concerns about where to find the battery sources, how to integrate the battery management system, or how to coordinate the technical issues and shipments. In order to continue the creative cycle and provide you with a better quality of life, we encourage you to submit your ideas to help us create products that are inspired by you and to be used by you a€“ our customers and partners. There are 2 different types of UPS, online and offline, the most common type is an online UPS which is what we will talk about. This is enough to cope with those annoying glitches but a typical UPS isnt designed to keep your business running in the event of a power failure. With this information, an educated decision can be made as to the appropriate UPS topology for a given need.
Operating the inverter in reverse during times when the input AC power is normal provides battery charging. The primary power path is from AC input, through a transfer switch, through the transformer, and to the output. The principal reason why Standby-Ferro UPS systems are no longer commonly used is that they can be fundamentally unstable when operating a modern computer power supply load. Both the battery charger and the inverter convert the entire load power flow in this design, resulting in reduced efficiency with its associated increased heat generation.
The Double Conversion On-Line UPS converts the power to the battery and back again whereas the Delta Converter moves components of the power from input to the output.
This active front end draws power in a sinusoidal manner, minimizing harmonics reflected onto the utility.
Delta conversion on-line designs provide dynamically-controlled, power factor corrected input, without the inefficient use of filter banks associated with traditional solutions. Since implementation and manufactured quality more strongly impact characteristics such as reliability, these factors must be evaluated in addition to these design attributes. Neil is currently leading the effort at APC to develop modular scalable data center solutions. This lighting, and various household appliances designed to make our lives more comfortable.
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For example, charging the lithium batteries quickly, providing charging status as a percentage, giving a a€?charge successfula€? indication, and the like. In large data centers UPS are typically employed to keep systems running whilst the generators start and get up to operating speed.
If your server takes 5 minutes to shutdown you would want to make sure that you had at least 10 minutes of power before you started the shutdown process.
Many misunderstandings about UPS systems are cleared up when the different types of UPS topologies are properly identified. The inverter only starts when the power fails, hence the name "Standby." High efficiency, small size, and low cost are the main benefits of this design. In the case of a power failure, the transfer switch is opened, and the inverter picks up the output load. All large servers and routers use "Power Factor Corrected" power supplies which draw only sinusoidal current from the utility, much like an incandescent bulb.
This ensures optimal utility and generator system compatibility, reducing heating and system wear in the power distribution system. No part of this publication may be used, reproduced, photocopied, transmitted, or stored in any retrieval system of any nature, without the written permission of the copyright owner. However, our network is not always smooth voltage that can maintain the stable operation of electrical equipment.
An online UPS smooths out power fluctuations by taking the mains input voltage converting it to 12 or 24 volts to power an inverter which then produces a regulated 230 volts at 50Hz. With proper filter and surge circuitry, these systems can also provide adequate noise filtration and surge suppression.
Voltage regulation is an important feature when low voltage conditions exist, otherwise the UPS would transfer to battery and then eventually down the load.
In the Standby-Ferro design, the inverter is in the standby mode, and is energized when the input power fails and the transfer switch is opened. This smooth current draw is achieved using capacitors, devices which 'lead' the applied voltage, Ferro resonant UPS system utilize heavy core transformers which have an inductive characteristic, meaning that the current 'lags' the voltage.
But the constant wear on the power components reduces reliability over other designs and the energy consumed by the electrical power inefficiency is a significant part of the life-cycle cost of the UPS. The second function of the Delta Converter is to control input current in order to regulate charging of the battery system.
The input power control also makes the UPS compatible with all generator sets and reduces the need for wiring and generator oversizing. Quite the contrary - when output voltage of the well-known rules are quite possible breakage technology, especially electronic. Various vendors routinely produce models with similar designs, or topologies, but with very different performance characteristics.
The transformer has a special "Ferro-resonant" capability, which provides limited voltage regulation and output waveform "shaping".

Also, the input power drawn by the large battery charger is often non-linear and can interfere with building power wiring or cause problems with standby generators.
Delta Conversion On-Line technology is the only core UPS technology today protected by patents and is therefore not likely to be available from a broad range of UPS suppliers. Common design approaches are reviewed here, including brief explanations about how each topology works.
However, the inverter can also be designed such that its failure will still permit power flow from the AC input to the output, which eliminates the potential of single point failure and effectively provides for two independent power paths. Resonance or 'ringing' in a tank circuit can cause high currents, which jeopardize the connected load.
During steady state conditions the Delta Converter allows the UPS to deliver power to the load with much greater efficiency than the Double Conversion design. The reason in most cases is one - at the moment the national system of energy supply can not cope with their work.
High efficiency, small size, low cost and high reliability coupled with the ability to correct low or high line voltage conditions make this the dominant type of UPS in the 0.5-5kVA power range. But in fact, the voltage depending on the network load varies, sometimes even in a fairly wide range. This is exactly the same as you doing this from a computer menu or command line, once the process has started it will run to completion even if the power comes back again. This is most noticeable in rural areas, where the power system is much weaker than in the city.electrical power distribution systemBecause of what is going on? This makes sure that the applications are shutdown cleanly and you are very unlikely to loose any data. But the Ferro transformer itself creates severe output voltage distortion and transients, which can be worse than a poor AC connection. And you try to remember, when they were built power stations and other elements of the electricity supply.
Even though it is a standby UPS by design, the Standby-Ferro generates a great deal of heat because the Ferro-resonant transformer is inherently inefficient.
These transformers are also large relative to regular isolation transformers; so standby-Ferro UPS are generally quite large and heavy. Standby-Ferro UPS systems are frequently represented as On-Line units, even though they have a transfer switch, the inverter operates in the standby mode, and they exhibit a transfer characteristic during an AC power failure.
Now think of what it is (for individuals) expected electrical engineers, creating a whole system. Lighting, refrigerator, iron, TV, and maybe even a heater and simple washing machine - and this is the maximum!
Literally in the last 20-30 years, the number of household appliances has increased enormously, on the one hand, greatly improving our lives, and on the other, particularly increasing energy consumption. Most often, the voltage changes in the network rather smoothly, and with such loads almost all our instruments and apparatus cope well while remaining operational. But there are also times when the voltage increases to the limits sharp pulse, and then just as suddenly falls. We list the most basic:simultaneous activation or deactivation of a largethe amount of electrical equipment (most commonly occurs where there are a number of industries that consume high power do)open neutral conductor (in this case, justIt triggered the very reason that we have already discussed - the old equipment, and even if bad service simply can not cope with the load and zero phase wire burns, causing a short circuit)error when connecting the wires at the general switchboard (mainly due to the incompetence of those who do, it can be drunk as an electrician, and too arrogant landlord)lightning, came on the power line, as well as the gaps on these lines (for example, due to falling trees on them) The old equipment in a cabinet with poor serviceAnd no matter what the cause of a power surge, we predict it simply can not.
Therefore, the cost to take care of protection against this scourge.Ways to protect against voltage surgesOf course, the best way of protecting wouldreconstruction of the power distribution system at least in one particular building and bringing to her service competent electrician, but - and this is clear to any person living in the apartment building - this option practically unfeasible. A replacement of the wiring only in the apartment is absolutely no guarantee of protection against voltage surges. Have seen, the reasons are just jumps to a common equipment, for which, in theory, should be responsible governmental structures, for example, housing office.And what we do? In principle, there are a few devices of various types of action, which may well help under unstable voltage. Immediately worth stipulate: similar switch only reads the voltage, but does not affect its stability. Voltage relay - a small device, disconnect appliances during a power surge and voltage is switched on after returning to normal. There are different types of priborchiki, which can be divided into two types:common unit surge protection, is mounted in the plate (control cabinet) and protects all of your apartment or housedevice for individual devices, like a power strip, outlet socket having one or more connectionsWhen buying a voltage relay should be properlycalculate its power - it should be slightly larger than the capacity of all power consumers connected to the relay. Therefore, the individual relays, connect to the network, it is much more convenient choice, as there is all calculated on the number of outlets.These relays are comfortable and not very expensive, butUnfortunately, from the long-term changes in voltage (persisting for a long time to increase or decrease the voltage on the network) will not protect.
Well, do what you like, when your appliances or completely all of the electricity in the apartment permanently disabled.Uninterruptible Power SupplyUPS - Uninterruptible Power Supply (nameEnglish UPS - Uninterruptible Power Supply) - a completely understandable from the name, can give some spare time working for the electric or electronic devices during a power outage on the network due to built-in batteries. For example, Off-Line-UPS spends switching power supply from 4 to 12 ms, but quiet and cheap. But there was the owner - a gentleman, that you liked, then choose.Do not forget to pay attention to the choice ofUPS power capacity of batteries (battery life), battery life and the possibility of their replacement, the configuration of outlets, as well as the width of the line voltage range, which can stabilize the UPS. Since the main mass of the UPS bought for the PC, all these characteristics are quite important and should be chosen taking into account the specifications of your computer.Surge ProtectorsOne of the most reliable, but also the mostexpensive types of protection devices from power surges is a line conditioner.
This is an excellent remedy for such variants, when the voltage changes in the network are frequent or even constant.Protection Devices Surge - automatic voltage regulatorIt remains to understand what the stabilizers should be selected in a variety of cases. The most common stabilizers are divided according to the principle of action: relay - the most inexpensive, not very powerful, but their specifications are quite acceptable for household appliancesservo (electromechanical) Surprisingly, despite the higher price, these devices for some qualities do not even reach the relayelectronic (thyristor or triac)virtually silent, with good performance and protection against voltage surges, the normal power and accuracy, decent longevity, and with a corresponding priceelectronic double conversion - thisstabilizer most necessary specifications (accuracy, speed, and surge protection) is currently the best, but the price is maximumAlso stabilizers may be single phase andthree-phase (for home use - single-phase) to be connected to the entire home network, or to a separate technical unit, stationary and portable.
Selecting a stabilizer for its own needs, it is necessary to know the power of devices that you want to connect to the stabilizer, as well as the limits of voltage in the network. In order not to get lost in all of this data, it is best to use the help in the selection of professionals who will be able to choose the best option as the protective properties, and price.After the analysis of this information becomesit is understandable that reliable protection of our property from surges in voltage can provide except that a super (and therefore super expensive) voltage regulator. However, with a clear understanding of what is happening in the power supply, it is possible to choose better options devices or devices designed to preserve our expensive equipment from voltage problems.
In this case it is necessary to see a specialist, who will be able to identify the main problems in the network and since this knowledge proceed to the choice of protective devices.
As they say in the old days: my house - my fortress, and the defensive line is still going on, albeit on a slightly different level.

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