Aug 31, 2020

Kokam launches new UPS battery solution

Critical Systems
Harry Menear
2 min
SolarEdge subsidiary Kokam has launched a new UPS battery system designed to support critical systems in data centres (Image Courtesy of Kokam)
SolarEdge subsidiary Kokam has launched a new UPS battery system designed to support critical systems in data centres...

Korean battery maker Kokam is launching a new battery system designed to support uninterrupted power systems (UPS) for data centres and other pieces of critical infrastructure in the finance and manufacturing industries.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Israeli renewable power firm SolarEdge - having been acquired back in 2018 for $88mn - announced on Monday that it is now accepting pre-orders for a new UPS battery system designed to increase both the maximum current (c-rate) and energy density. 

"With data center growth and grid instability, the UPS battery market is experiencing considerable expansion. As a leading battery solution provider, Kokam is well positioned to support this market acceleration through technological innovation," stated Ike Hong, President of Kokam. "The launch of our new advanced battery system for the UPS battery market is aimed to provide a cost-effective and advanced solution to address the current grid stability challenges."

Grid instability is an increasingly serious issue facing developed and developing nations. The two main threats to grid stability are currently cyber warfare, and the increasingly distributed nature of power infrastructure - coupled with ageing traditional networks. 

Cyber attacks on power grids began cropping up in 2015, most famously with the Russian hack of Ukraine’s national power supply, which took about 30 substations offline, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without light or power. In the years since, growth in the number of IoT endpoints throughout networks has vastly increased the potential for cyber attackers to gain unauthorised access to power networks. 

Also, as renewable electricity starts to replace fundamental elements of power generation infrastructure, the very foundation of many networks is changing. Managing this generational shift is a huge challenge when it comes to ensuring continuous service. 

Sensing the growing demand, Kokam is embracing the global need for better, more affordable UPS solutions to counteract these threats to national grids. 

The company’s new battery system reportedly is designed to support mission-critical facilities in industries where power outages can be disastrous, like as data centres, banking, hospitals and semiconductor factories. 

The system, according to Kokam, has a 46% smaller footprint, and is approximately 20% lighter than traditional lead-acid battery systems. Its lithium-ion design and compact size will, reportedly, decrease maintenance costs by as much as 40% compared to lead-acid alternatives. 

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Jun 15, 2021

Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres

2 min
As green data centre design becomes mission critical, rigid evaporative media can be the key to reducing your PUE and increasing your sustainability. 

The data centre industry is at a crossroads. As demand for colocation, hyperscale cloud, and edge solutions continues to rise, operators and enterprises are also facing up to the reality that sustainable design and operating practice are a mission critical component of the modern data centre. Going green is no longer an optional extra.

Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical foundation that underpins the modern world, and the demand for them continues to grow exponentially each year. Data centres must remain in constant operation in order to provide the services for which customers depend on them. 

This mission critical need, combined with the sector-wide push towards reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint throughout the industry, is making the search for innovative evaporative media solutions that keep systems running at peak efficiency an equally mission critical priority.

The two main sources of energy consumption in a modern data centre are its IT equipment and the cooling infrastructure used to keep that equipment cool. A 2017 study found that energy consumption as the direct result of cooling data centre IT equipment can amount to over 40% of the total energy consumption in a facility. From air cooling to liquid and evaporative chillers, data centre operators, finding the right cooling solution for your facility is a top-of-mind goal for any data centre operator. 

Courtesy of Portacool
Courtesy of Portacool

Portacool: keeping it Kuul 

Based in Center, Texas, Portacool is a portable evaporative cooling solutions firm that has been pushing the boundaries of mission critical infrastructure cooling technology since it entered the market in 1990. 

Through constant embodiment of its five brand pillars - Safety & Liability, Total Cost of Ownership, Productivity & Performance, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, and Life & Comfort Enhancing Solutions - Portacool has grown steadily over the past 30 years, continually reinforcing its reputation for industry-leading cooling solutions. 

Portacool’s solutions have been successfully applied throughout the agricultural and horticultural, manufacturing, industrial, business, entertainment, sports, home, and hobby industries - “anywhere cooling is needed and traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive.” 

The company’s sub-brand, Kuul, is Portacool’s answer to the growing need for reliable, sustainable cooling solutions in the data centre sector. Portacool manufactures three series of evaporative media – Kuul Control, Kuul Vitality and Kuul Comfort. Kuul Control is used in data centres, power generation and HVAC systems. Kuul Vitality is utilised primarily in the horticulture, poultry and swine industries. Kuul Comfort is exclusively made for usage in Portacool-branded portable evaporative coolers.

Kuul can help data centre operators lower their PUE dramatically, increasing the environmental sustainability of their facilities significantly as a result of its rigid evaporative media solutions. 

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