PURPOSE-BUILT UPS HOUSINGS
Uninterruptible Power Supplies that are suitable for location in the harshest environments require protection from the elements: heat, cold, tropical, and arid. UPS battery arrays are not ideally suited to these conditions and as such, to maintain full battery reliability and life expectancy, it is critical to provide a safe and temperature controlled environment for them to operate.
Most modern battery systems utilise efficient Valve Regulated Batteries (VRL) that do not under normal conditions produce the volumes of explosive hydrogen gas compared to older lead acid types; however for them to operate most efficiently requires a controlled temperature between 19 to 22°C (may vary with battery manufacturer).
TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED UPS ENCLOSURES
It must be noted that should the temperature not be closely controlled and therefore drop below the 19°C then the battery system shall underperform. Likewise should the temperature rise above the efficiency threshold then the capacity of the batteries shall increase – however the offset to this is a reduced battery life expectancy, if the temperature of the battery exceeds the optimum by 10°C then the lifespan can be reduced by up to 50%.
The original question can now be answered – the reason to package your UPS in a container designed specifically for purpose, is to control and maintain the temperature to maximise both the lifespan and the output of the battery systems; preventing expensive replacement and also failures to the supported system networks.
Our UPS enclosures provide a safe and controlled environment for your UPS systems to operate in all conditions.
BESPOKE UPS HOUSING OPTIONS
We offer the supply and installation of domestic electrics in all equipment housings to BS 7671 installation standards. ADE Power can provide single and three phase distribution systems with MCB protection. Standard or LED Lights, emergency lights, external door or compound lighting systems are designed by calculation to make sure all lux requirements are met. Other options include: changeover switches, 230V twin 13 Amp switched sockets with RCBO protection, 110V sockets, generator connection points, transformers, and battery chargers.
Natural, force fan or air conditioning can be supplied depending on the client’s requirements. Calculations carried out by ADE Power can determine which system is right for you. Forced fan ventilation can reduce cooling in the equipment housing by 5 or 10 degrees as most equipment is rated up to 40 degrees celsius. Air conditioning or water cooling systems can also be provided as per the specification. Small wall or ceiling systems can be positioned within the housing whereas larger systems may require their own housing.
We manufacture all types and sizes of louvres to cover the client’s air flow & cooling requirements. Louvre designs include: weather protective, single & double bank acoustic, sand trap, stainless steel for coastal applications. Motorised or slam shut dampers can be supplied when required.
Equipment housings will be fitted with appropriate forms of heating to keep the equipment frost-free and ready to operate, including fan heaters, convector heaters, wall heaters, tube heaters, storage heaters. Hazardous area heaters for specialist (ATEX) modules, controlled by thermostats that can also be provided and linked to external monitoring systems.
Put simply, a dehumidifier reduces the level of humidity in the air to leave the environment feeling more comfortable and, as a rule, healthier. Not just for use in the home & offices, equipment housings which house sensitive electrical equipment need to take moisture into consideration when designing either natural or force fan ventilation systems.
A fire alarm system has a number of devices working together to detect and warn people through visual and audio appliances when smoke, fire, carbon monoxide or other emergencies are present. These alarms may be activated automatically from smoke & heat detectors or may also be activated via manual fire alarm activation devices such as call points or pull stations. Alarms can be either motorised bells or wall mountable sounders or horns. They can also be speaker strobes which sound an alarm, followed by a voice evacuation message to alert nearby personnel. Suppression systems can be linked to any alarm system to extinguish the fire.
Intruder alarms using door activation monitors can be installed in most prefabricated modules. PIR motion protection can be linked to this alarm to give a fully guarded environment. Volt-free sensors will raise an audible alarm and/or contact site control alarm systems or emergency services.
Substructures can protect housings built in areas prone or susceptible to flooding by raising the floor of the housing anywhere from a few hundred millimetres to several meters depending on the client’s needs. Raised substructures can also be utilised to create a cable basement without the need to dig into the ground and create an expensive cable trench.
With land being expensive, double or triple-stacked housings or containers are an ideal solution to minimise the amount of space required on site. We manufacture ISO and bespoke enclosures which can utilise corner castings to stack housings simply and safely.
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