UPS, Data Center Background and Trends

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides backup power to applications and infrastructure that have a critical constant power need.  Some of these applications include security alarms, defense systems, and commercial infrastructure.   UPS is becoming almost synonymous with backing up data centers which is now the share of the UPS market.

Data centers depend on advanced AGM lead batteries to backup critical information stored on servers.  If the grid is unstable and is unable to provide power to a data center, then the AGM batteries power the servers.  The typical data center requirement is a high rate discharge between 5-15 minutes until generators are successfully operating.

What is an AGM Battery?

AGM batteries, or absorbent glass mat batteries, are a technological improvement to traditional flooded lead batteries. Over the years, AGM has become the advanced lead battery choice in the data center industry due to its reliability, scalability, and maintenance-free design. 

The AGM battery has been the global choice backing up data centers.  AGM batteries are a proven technology, reliable, maintenance-free, lower up-front cost compared to Li-Ion, safe, and recyclable.       

H&V’s Recommendation for Data Centers

EnergyGuard® AGM separators for UPS applications are designed to improve processability and battery assembly.  Further, EnergyGuard increases battery performance and life. 

Other benefits of H&V EnergyGuard AGM separators for the UPS application include:

  • Available in various configuration options to meet processability needs
  • Reinforced for improved processability and durability 
  • Lower electrical resistance improves battery performance
  • Offered in a range of surface areas to improve electrolyte filling and cycle life
  • Best-in-class thickness retention increasing battery life
  • Ideal for high rate data centers

PowerFill is an enhanced AGM separator, featuring an innovative 3D design with channels on the surface of the AGM. The channels allow for faster and steadier acid flow throughout the AGM separator, improving gas escape while the acid is flowing. PowerFill™ technology is best paired with H&V’s reinforced EnergyGuard® products.

Other benefits of H&V PowerFill™ for the UPS application include:

  • Reduces the acid-filling time during battery assembly
  • Innovative design for improved gas escape for better filling results
  • PowerFill™ technology enables more of the active mass within the battery to be utilized

AGM Battery Separators from H&V

It’s essential that data centers use proven AGM separators to back up their information stored on servers.  H&V is a global leader partnering and supplying AGM separators to the UPS market.  Our battery separators offer the highest standards for performance and battery assembly. To learn more about our product offerings, or for more information about how our AGM battery separators can benefit the UPS application, contact us today.

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