Uninterruptible power supplies to provide a key element in Green IT efforts

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Uninterruptible power supplies to provide a key element in Green IT efforts

By Greentech Lead Team: The global market for UPS systems will expand from $8.2
billion in 2011 to $9.4 billion in 2012, a year-on-year growth rate of 14
percent. Going forward, the market will grow to $13.2 billion by 2015.

“UPS systems are already an
important energy storage feature in cost-efficient and smart buildings. The
emergence of hybrid topologies that automatically switch between different
power modes can reduce energy costs over time without compromising power
quality,” said Vice President of Research Bob Gohn.

Next generation UPS systems will
combine several key features, including a built-in energy storage source, such
as batteries, flywheels or compressed air, and circuitry to supply clean and
sufficient power over periods lasting from a few seconds to several hours.

Most leading UPS systems also have
some form of surge protection or power filtering circuitry. These advanced
features enable these systems to play a larger role in the overall smart energy
infrastructure, making them indispensable to a holistic energy management

Uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
systems, which use a built-in energy storage source such as a battery, flywheel
or other device to supply clean power during grid power outages, have
demonstrated their value in preventing undesirable downtime, data loss, or even
catastrophic failures.

Traditionally, most of these systems
were point solutions designed to protect an individual PC, server, medical
device, airport or factory. Today, new technologies and architectures are
emerging that can more effectively integrate UPS systems into the larger power
infrastructure and take advantage of the large amount of energy storage already
installed worldwide.

In particular, as green IT becomes
an important goal for many IT vendors and users, UPS systems that can fit into
and augment existing IT infrastructures to support the vendors’ overall green
IT objectives will be in increasing demand.

These trends, along with significant
growth in emerging economies, will lead to strong growth for the UPS sector in
the next few years, according to a recent report from Pike Research.

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