The Government is forecasting that by 2017 there will be power cuts of around 3,000 megawatt hours per year – the equivalent of the whole of Nottingham being without electricity for a day. The expected gap of 3,000 megawatt hours a year could mean an hour-long power cut for 16million people simultaneously on a winter evening. Although this may not seem like a long period of time, a loss of power could have large repercussions for Businesses and organisations such as Hospitals. For Businesses this could result in data loss, hardware damage and even prevent people from being able to do their work, as for Hospitals, who need electricity to run equipment such as the life support machinery, a power outage could be fatal. So don’t take the risk, be prepared with Specialist Power, we offer a wide range of UPS systems to people throughout the UK.
What is a UPS?
For those of you who don’t know A UPS, or Uninterruptable Power Supply, is more than just a big battery that cuts in if you get a power cut. There are 2 different types of UPS, online and offline, the most common type is an online UPS. Typically a UPS is purchased for a Server to protect it from power failures, but they do more than that.
Although overall losses in the national grid are low, there are significant further losses in onward electricity distribution to the consumer, causing a total distribution loss of about 7.7%. However losses differ significantly for customers connected at different voltages; connected at high voltage the total losses are about 2.6%, at medium voltage 6.4% and at low voltage 12.2%.
So why is a UPS System important?
For companies uninterrupted power supplies are essential, it is vital that the system is always clean and reliable. Ignoring this can result in costly downtime, the chance of data loss and damage to critical systems. – Studies show that a typical computer encounters over 120 power problems a month.
The constant use of ‘innovative yet sensitive electrical and electronic devices’ in households/ organisations/ research institutions/ hospitals etc have all increased the power load to power grids. This increase in power has resulted to a higher risk in problems from power fluctuations to in some cases loss of power. It has to be kept at a constant voltage but if there are any problems with power to these devices, it can result in important data loss or damage in the hardware that can leave a bad impact on your budget.
Getting a UPS is a time investment, which provides a number of benefits as well as saving all the money that would go towards repair work or purchasing of new devices.