Our Leo Craig explains to ECN magazine how harnessing the power of UPS battery storage can help the ever-growing demand for energy.
There’s already more than four gigawatts of electricity stored in uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units across the UK. That’s enough to power approximately three million typical homes. But our General Manager Leo Craig believes UPS batteries are an untapped resource that can play an even bigger role in the nation’s future energy mix.
He outlines his views in an opinion piece for Electrical Contracting News that focuses on demand side response (DSR) and the need to use energy more intelligently.
In the editorial, Leo acknowledges that many businesses have been reluctant to even use back-up generators as a DSR mechanism. But he hopes the increasing prevalence of lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries in UPS systems might kick-start a change in attitudes.
Li-ion batteries have a much higher density that sealed lead acid (SLA) versions. Their charge time is significantly quicker too. While they can be charged and recharged up to 10,000 times. In comparison, SLA batteries can only be recharged 500 times at the most.
Admittedly, it will take something of a change in mindset to embrace these possibilities. However, according to Leo the benefits are obvious in terms of corporate social responsibility, reduced carbon emissions, and even the financial rewards selling surplus power back to the National Grid.
He argues it’s imperative for UPS manufacturers, the energy industry in general, and even government policy-makers to work together and champion the case for UPS battery storage as a viable source of renewable power.