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Datacenters

The leading cause of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) failure and datacenter downtime is battery failure.  Backup power is typically in the form of a UPS backed by a diesel or other generator system.  Near instantaneous switchover from one power supply to another is required to prevent power failure.

Some recent datacenter outages in the 2007 – 2010 time-frame that received media attention are listed below.

Amazon EC2 Cloud Computing Service:  Power Outage – May 13, 2010.

Google Data Center:  Power Outage Causes 2 Hours of   downtime for all App Engine Applications with lingering   problems for several days after – March 08, 2010.

365 Main Inc. | Typepad | Yelp | Craigslist: Power Outage in San Francisco, California – Brings down major websites – July 24, 2007.

Datacenter battery backup systems must perform when needed, otherwise downtime will occur.  Global Energy Innovations’ CELScan™ technology (EC-Series Handheld Analyzers and CM-Series Continuous Monitoring Systems) essentially places a “battery expert” into the hands of every maintenance technician.  With Continuous Monitoring, your battery backup system is constantly monitored for any weaknesses.  With a rapid measurement, a technician can gain precise information on the current health of a battery as well as an accurate prediction of when each battery will approach failure.  Furthermore, CELScan™ technology allows a technician to gain valuable insights into the precise elements (Electrical or Chemical) within a battery that has degraded and will eventually cause a failure of the entire back-up power system.

Grid Storage

Large-scale, grid energy storage systems are used to store energy during times of excess production and provide power back to the grid during times of excess consumption.

Since some of these energy storage systems are electrochemical, monitoring the health and failure-modes is critical to prevent failures and extend the useful life of these systems.  Both the EC-Series Analyzers and the CM-Series Continuous Monitoring Systems, using CELScan™ technology, provide precise information on the current health of the system as well as an accurate prediction of when and how failure will occur.

Oil & Gas

Battery failures is not an option for Oil & Gas exploration and support systems related to drilling, production, pipeline and other support operations.

Emergency backup systems must function in remote operations making the battery backup system a critical and integral part of the overall power system.

Downtime is both dangerous and costly.  Global Energy Innovations’ CELScan™ technology provides a rapid measurement and precise information on the current health of a battery as well as an accurate prediction of when each battery will approach failure.  Furthermore, the technology allows a technician to gain valuable insights into the precise elements (Electrical or Chemical) within a battery that has degraded and will eventually cause a failure of the entire back-up power system.

Telecommunication

Mobile telecommunication companies spend millions of dollars purchasing and maintaining industrial battery banks for power backup of mission critical switching and base-station site hardware.  In the case of a power outage, “battery failure” can mean an interruption in mobile communications.  This translates directly into lost revenues and dissatisfied customers.  One of the largest U.S. mobile telecommunication providers has stated that an outage of one hour for a switch site in the U.S. will typically cost $800,000 in lost revenues.  Obviously, the financial costs associated with an outage will vary from country to country, and also with relation to the density of the population being served by the site.  Nonetheless, this example proves useful for understanding the financial and commercial importance of ensuring that industrial standby batteries are properly maintained so that they will perform when needed.  Presently, there is no technology that accurately and cost-effectively monitors the exact health of the battery banks at these sites.  As a result, most companies in the mobile telecommunications industry deploy one or both of the following “solutions to address this problem”:

Regular preventive maintenance visits to sites, performed by crews of qualified maintenance engineers;

Aggressive battery replacement policies, essentially replacing batteries long before they reach the end of their useful life.

Global Energy Innovations’ CELScan™ technology essentially places a “battery expert” into the hands of every maintenance technician.  With a rapid measurement, a technician can gain precise information on the current health of a battery as well as an accurate prediction of when each battery will approach failure.  Furthermore, the technology allows a technician to gain valuable insights into the precise elements (Electrical or Chemical) within a battery that has degraded and will eventually cause a failure of the entire back-up power system.  The resulting cost savings for mobile telecommunications companies are realized as increased efficiencies in the time spent performing maintenance duties at base stations, coupled with a longer “Effective Battery Life” of each battery or cell throughout the entire network.  More importantly, telecommunications companies will enjoy a higher level of confidence that their back-up power systems will perform when needed.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies

A UPS is used to protect mission critical hardware such as computers, telecommunication gear, data centers and other electrical equipment where an unexpected power disruption can cause injuries, fatalities, serious business disruption or data loss.

Since large amounts of critical data, as well as vital systems protecting human life are protected by UPS systems, these systems (that depend on batteries to supply them) must be adequately maintained and serviced.  The consequences of a failed UPS system is often exceedingly expensive, both at the human level as well as at the business level.  UPS systems are in effect an insurance policy against grid power loss, and as with insurance, the UPS owner must pay an additional “premium”.  In the case of UPS systems, these additional premiums come in the form of maintenance on both the UPS system and the batteries that run them. The world’s best UPS is only as strong as the weakest battery that is installed within it.  The EC-Series Analyzers (EC1000™ and EC2000™) assists the maintenance crew is assessing the true condition of the batteries, and thus reduces the cost and risk associated with the system that the UPS is protecting.

Utilities & Power Generation

As the global demand for reliable power increases, so does the need for reliable battery backup systems.  Most consumers of electricity do not realize the vital role that stationary batteries play in the generation and reliable distribution of electricity on the grid.  When a power plant is partially or completely shut down or taken offline, it is often the batteries’ role to provide the electricity for exercising mission critical hardware required to bring the facility back online.  In the case of a “black-start” plant, the responsibility is even more critical, as the plant has to provide enough electricity to re-start other power generation plants within the same region or network.

With electric utilities, a multitude of industrial batteries span the network and operate the switchgear that route power around trouble spots and keep control systems working during power outages.  When the power is on, the batteries are necessary to enable the shifting and control of power on the grid.  As cities and populations grow and challenge the local electric utility substations, the tasks performed by the switchgear become increasingly challenging, making proper performance of the standby batteries critical.  As a result, power generators and utilities are placing increasing importance on the effective maintenance of their standby batteries.  While this maintenance introduces additional costs to the utilities, it is insignificant relative to the damage (cost) that can be caused if the switchgear does not perform properly when required.

Global Energy Innovations’ EC1000™, EC2000™ and IBMS™ (Intelligent Battery Management System™) Software with CELScan™ technology allows power generation and utility companies to arm their maintenance teams with precise information on the exact health of their battery systems and predict when each battery will fail in the string.  When combined with the Dynapulse™ conditioning / restoration systems, the resulting cost savings for power generation and utility companies are realized in the form of increased efficiencies of the maintenance teams and longer “Effective Battery Life” of each battery in the field. The most significant savings opportunities, however, arise from the guarantee that mission critical switch gear will perform properly and prevent damage of expensive electrical generation and distribution equipment as well as the prevention of lost revenue and liability costs associated with hardware and system failures.

Mining

A wide range of batteries are used at mining sites for coal, hard rock and other tunneling and transport applications.  These batteries range from 6-volt scrubber batteries up to 30,000-pound, 128 to 240 volt DC coal hauler batteries.  Regardless of the size or type, batteries play a critical role in mining operations.  For this reason, the proper maintenance and testing of batteries is critical.

While this maintenance introduces additional costs to mining operations, this cost is insignificant relative to the damage (cost) and replacement cost increase if batteries are not properly maintained and serviced.

Global Energy Innovations’ EC1000™, EC2000™ and IBMS™ (Intelligent Battery Management System™) Software with CELScan™ technology allows mining companies to arm their maintenance teams with precise information on the exact health of their battery systems and predict when each battery or cell in a pack will fail and what preventative maintenance to perform.  When combined with the Dynapulse™ conditioning / restoration systems, the resulting cost savings for mining companies are realized in the form of increased efficiencies of the maintenance teams and longer “Effective Battery Life” of each battery in the field.

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