Schneider Electric boosts power management with Lithium-Ion batteries

Schneider Electric has increased the business-critical applications and IoT systems Lithium-ion (Li-Ion), to enhance connectivity and improve performance.

Li-Ion battery technology also offers a host of benefits that make it an attractive and affordable option for a growing set of businesses reliant on distributed IT infrastructure are being moved closer to the edge of the network to reduce latency.

Carol Koech, Schneider Electric, Country President East Africa noted that “End users need better performance in a smaller footprint with easier maintenance, all while lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) over the life of their device, and for this reason, Schneider Electric is expanding its APC Smart-UPS portfolio with a Li-Ion battery option for its single-phase offer”.

APC by Schneider Electric has a wide array of products that provide reliable power and availability solutions for IT and communications technologies.

APC enables individuals and businesses to anticipate the unexpected, protecting critical information and data.

Institutions often lack dedicated IT staff with the proper expertise to tackle the task at hand, necessitating regular maintenance of power protection equipment, such as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). This can however be overlooked, potentially leading to unplanned downtime that can affect business performance and lead to costly replacement due to poorly maintained equipment.

For years, Schneider Electric has featured Li-Ion across its portfolio of power protection solutions, including its industry-leading three-phase UPSs and APC Back-UPS offer. Now, it is expanding its use of Li-Ion technology for its single-phase Smart-UPS portfolio with APC’s new line of Li-Ion Battery UPS.

Li-Ion embedded technology enables Smart-UPS On-Line offer several maintenance and cost-saving benefits which empower the Li-Ion batteries to have a service life upwards of 10 years with smaller size and weight.

Due to higher energy densities, Li-Ion batteries have a much smaller footprint and weigh about 30 percent less than sealed lead acid batteries with double the battery life, the amount of maintenance and associated costs required over the life of the UPS is reduced by up to 53 percent making it to have a lower maintenance.

Li-Ion batteries also operate at higher average temperatures (e.g., 40°C/104°F) without degradation to UPS performance of runtime. Smart-UPS On-Line can be configured with multiple Li-Ion battery packs to meet aggressive runtime demands based on IT and business needs.

Providing remote management capabilities with availabilities with a preinstalled Network Management Card (NMC) option, this solution can enhance visibility of edge environments with monitoring and control capabilities.

The solution can also connect to Schneider Electric’s cloud-enabled EcoStruxure™ IT platform, which allows customers to leverage data-driven insights about the health and status of their UPS devices to simplify maintenance and optimize performance.

The APC’s Smart-UPS On-Line Li-Ion battery offer fills an industry gap by delivering better performance and longer shelf life that is not currently available with sealed lead acid battery technology. This boosts efficiency and significantly reduces the cost and risk associated with managing their power protection equipment.

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