A recent survey by OMDIA, an analyst and consultancy firm, found that 90% of surveyed data center operators are planning to deploy UPS systems to interact with the grid and support energy management initiatives needed within the next four years. is likely to. The increasing demand for energy from adoption and the general transient imbalance for renewable energy sources threatens to cause rapid frequency variations and, if uncontrolled, outages. This is where grid service interaction comes in.
An intelligent battery and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system is designed to interact with the grid and balance it during periods of instability – and can lead to cost savings, improved operational flexibility, and even new Unlock benefits such as revenue generation opportunities.
Read on to learn why these energy storage systems are important for grid balancing.
Advantages of Grid-Interactive UPS Technology
The backup battery in a UPS spends most of its lifetime unused. Intelligent UPS technology uses a battery’s storage system to store energy and quickly release it whenever needed, without impeding the UPS system’s ability to protect loads. Additionally, a grid-interactive UPS can be designed to provide a response fast enough for dynamic frequency regulation.
Here’s how to choose the right UPS technology for business purposes.
A grid-interactive UPS must be able to power ancillary services while maintaining sufficient battery runtime to allow normal transfer to the generator in the event of a utility failure.
When an external controller detects a grid frequency variation, it commands the UPS to comply with this request, adjusting the batteries to specified power set points by charging or discharging within their operating limits. UPS controls the input power to achieve certain goals or services by working in various ways.
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A grid-interactive UPS enables businesses and private energy users to commercialize the energy they store and reduce overall energy costs by using balancing services. This type of management ensures that electricity supply matches actual demand, strengthens grid stability and allows for revenue generation and energy savings.
In rapid frequency response service programs, UPS battery storage systems are used to collect energy and release it quickly. Alternatively, demand management, also known as “peak shaving”, is a balancing approach that reduces grid dependence in times of power shortages or high energy costs. Demand management services are offered through programs in which companies receive regular financial payments based on the size of the contract for such services.
Data center organizations that offer grid balancing services receive additional “energy” payments based on how quickly they respond to grid frequency variations and the reduction in energy consumption achieved.
Grid Support Challenges and Solutions
With the technology becoming so new, some operators worry about shifting to the UPS technologies that their customers rely on to protect their critical systems, as well as whether this grid support technology will make the battery age or faster. Will spoil
UPS features such as Vertiv’s Dynamic Grid Support not only enable grid flexibility, power stability and demand management, but also prevent battery damage with control systems on the UPS that stop when operating conditions are out of specification or at increased risk. can go in or out. Additionally, leading UPS systems are designed with optimization features, advanced diagnostics, and lithium-ion battery storage to control key aging factors.
As the industry moves to stabilize the grid and move away from traditional energy sources, some will be able to overlook the benefits of grid-interactive UPS. Download our white paper for more information on these benefits and how you can use grid-interactive UPS technology to maximize revenue.