Schneider Electric launches Lithium-Ion batteries for pplications to boost power management

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has increased the business-critical applications and IoT systems Lithium-ion (Li-Ion). Li-Ion battery technology 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, enhance connectivity and improve performance. As a result, the criticality of these distributed IT environments has become paramount to everyday business operations.

APC by Schneider Electric is a major global brand for integrated physical infrastructure and software. With a wide array of products that provide reliable power and availability solutions for IT and communications technologies, APC delivers Certainty in a Connected World. With the largest community of partners tailoring solutions for home and distributed IT, APC enables individuals and businesses to anticipate the unexpected, protecting critical information and data.

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

Carol Koech, Schneider Electric, Country President for East Africa, noted: “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”.

For years, Schneider Electric has featured Li-Ion across its portfolio of power protection solutions, including its  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.

With Li-Ion embedded technology, Smart-UPS On-Line offers several maintenance and cost-saving benefits which enable the Li-Ion batteries to have a service life upwards of 10 years with smaller size and weight and due to higher energy densities, Li-Ion batteries have a much smaller footprint. They also 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 and total cost of ownership the APC’s proven record of safety and best-in-class design and adherence to safety regulations provides added peace of mind.

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.

Meeting customer demand and challenges 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. Delivering a Li-Ion solution, Schneider Electric is enabling customers to operate more efficiently and significantly reduce the cost and risk associated with managing their power protection equipment.

With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is a major provider of Power Management solutions – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. The firm provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.


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