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Emerson expands Liebert range

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 10:04 -- Anonymous
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US-based Emerson Network Power has announced the addition of five new capacities to its Liebert eXM UPS range with VRLA batteries.

With the addition of 120, 140, 160, 180 and 200 kVA models the line now counts 13 different units ranging from 10-200 kVA.   

The three-phase, on-line, double conversion UPS systems intended for IT environments with medium-sized power requirements are U.S. ENERGYSTAR qualified and available throughout the Americas.

The line was also complimented by a new optimised transformer cabinet supporting dual input configurations for the existing 10 -100 kVA models.

Hipower Systems powers Canadian sporting event

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 10:00 -- Anonymous
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North American power equipment manufacturer Hipower Systems’ diesel generators will be used to provide back up power to this year’s Pan Am games.

The company, a division of Himoinsa, has delivered sixof its 1.2 MW portable diesel generators to Canadian rental company GAL Power.

The rental generators required a number of customisations, including easy access to the fuel tank and the control panel, and the ability to easily synchronise two or more units in parallel.

Hipower also reduced the length of the container-based systems by 25% from 40 to 30 feet, in spite of the fuel tank being mounted at the front of the container.

Plug Power debuts dispensing system in Canada

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:58 -- Anonymous
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North American fuel cell manufacturer Plug Power is set to debut its hydrogen dispensing system in the Canadian market.

It follows an expansion of a contract to deliver another 124 of its GenDrive fuel cells to Walmart Canada’s distribution centre in Alberta, Canada.

The latest delivery means the site now hosts over 230 fuel cell units since taking its first delivery in 2010.

The contract also includes the installation of one of Plug Power’s GenFuel systems, a full-service hydrogen dispensing system which includes a hydrogen molecule supply, infrastructure such as pipes and cabinets and fuel dispensers.

Plug Power GenDrive fuel cells, intended for trucks and forklifts, come in 24, 36 and 48 V capacities and are designed to be drop-in replacements to batteries.

The company, which recently completed a marketing tour across North America, also landed large retail contracts last month.

GE with medium-voltage push

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:55 -- Anonymous
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GE Critical Power has announced it will be able to offer a new medium-voltage switchgear for mission-critical and commercial applications later this year.

The ANSI/IEEE standardised air-insulated SecoGear switchgear will be available in three capacities; 4.76, 8.24 and 15 kVA.

The metal-clad switchgear is designed to provide applications such as hospitals, data centres and shopping centres with reliable electrical distribution.

The company, which says it has invested “heavily” in its medium-voltage offerings the past year, also announced it will launch several medium-voltage products in the coming months and well into 2016.

Socomec expands UPS portfolio

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:52 -- Anonymous
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French industrial group Socomec has launched a new line of UPS systems for server rooms, the service sector, healthcare, light industrial applications and infrastructure.

Ranging from 10-20 kVA, the ITYS Pro line comes in three different configurations: without batteries (Type S), with batteries (Type T), and with batteries or isolation transformer (Type M).

While Socomec has not said anything about the battery type in these systems, the company’s previous ITYS UPS systems (1-10 kVA) are equipped with maintenance free, sealed lead-acid batteries.

The range also comes with a battery cabinet offering flexible backup-times without increasing the footprint.

Up to four units can be configurated in parallel using Ethernet cables to enable power scalability or N+1 redundancy.

Ballard and Anglo American to power rural Africa

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:48 -- Anonymous
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South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum has teamed up with Ballard Power Systems to develop a methanol fuel cell to power rural South African communities.

The South African primary producer of platinum is developing a cell which replaces hydrogen gas with methanol, which is cheaper and more energy efficient to produce.

Ballard and Anglo American Platinum plan to use these fuel cells in micro-grids serving rural communities of less than 200 households.

In August 2014 the companies launched a 12-month field test of a 15 kW off-grid methanol-fuelled home generator in a Naledi Trust village with 34 households.

Eaton with new automatic transfer shift

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:43 -- Anonymous
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Global power management company Eaton has launched an automatic transfer switch for data centres in North and South America.

Eaton’s newest rack automatic transfer shift is designed to shift non-phase AC powers for equipment with a single power supply, in the event of power interruption.

The eATS30 is a network connected and monitored solution capable of delivering a 10 milllisecond transfer time, allowing power supplies to remain on during transfer. The transfer shift adds dual source redundancy or acts as a UPS maintenance bypass.

Eaton’s new automatic transfer shift is optimised to work with the company’s UPS systems and power distribution units (PDU). If connected to Eaton’s latest PDU platform it will also be able to distribute power to multiple devices.

Rental company offers financial stability during hurricane season

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:54 -- Anonymous
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As the North American hurricane season begins generator rental company Worldwide Power Products has unveiled a rental program to help companies running with uninterruptable power.

Worldwide Power Products new Contingency Generator Rental Program will no doubt give peace of mind to companies who rely on a constant flow on energy in the states prone to extreme weather.

While many generator rental companies increase rates when the generator is in-use, Worldwide Power Products will charge a flat monthly rate whether the generator is in use or on standby.

The company also offers an offsite storage option for companies unable to house a generator on its premises.

Beacon Power supplies flywheels to Alaska

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:48 -- Anonymous
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Flywheel energy storage manufacturer Beacon Power will supply flywheels for a 320 kW hybrid energy storage project to support Alaska’s electricity grid.

The project, in partnership with Alaskan Chugach Electric Association, will combine one of Beacon’s 160kW flywheels with a flooded lead-acid battery for periods where additional power is needed to stabilise the grid during peak demand.

The Beacon flywheel provides the first-stage response to irregularities in the grid, while the batteries will provide power for longer periods.

Combining quick responding flywheels and batteries will help to stabilise and manage variable output from renewable energy sources.

The system which is fully scalable to add as many flywheels as needed will be tested to see if it can be scaled up to interconnect renewables with remote system utilities along the Alaska Railbelt, home to 70% of Alaska’s population.

The test system is expected to be in operation by the end of the year.

Indian village gets Bio-CPV UPS

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:39 -- Anonymous
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British and Indian researchers are working together to combine solar power with bio-mass and hydrogen to create a Bio-CPV uninterruptible power supply.

British and Indian researchers are working together, in the hope that a low-cost combination of solar power with bio-mass and hydrogen will create a Bio-CPV uninterruptible power supply.

The project is expected to generate power tt about 45 households in a remote village in West Bengal by 2016. It has been jointly funded by Research Councils UK and India’s department of science and technology.

"Descentralised hybrid power plants with different renewable technologies can be the most efficient, cheap and sustainable options for rural electrification,” said UK project leader Professor Tapas Mallick in the research paper related to the project.

The biomass and hydrogen will be produced locally.

The research, which began in 2012, is being conducted by scientists from British universities in Sheffield, Exeter and Nottingham, and the Indian institutions Visva-Bharati, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.

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