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ABB opens amenity for UPS

UPS system power specifications are increasing year-by-year as applications grow ever more power-hungry and complex


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ABB gave a live demonstration of the test facility's capabilities at its opening
ABB gave a live demonstration of the test facility's capabilities at its opening

Swiss power and automation group ABB has unveiled a new facility which allows full testing of next generation uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems.


The test centre is located at ABB’s UPS factory in Switzerland.


According to ABB, even the largest UPS configurations can now be tested as a single system so that when they are delivered to the customer, they can be quickly and smoothly integrated into the existing power infrastructure.


The centre is designed with capacity to accommodate large UPS sizes and turn key critical power solutions. The test area is laid out in such a way that testing with extended UPS systems – including, for example, energy storage, input and output switchgear, power distribution units (PDUs) and static transfer switches (STSs) – can be accommodated.


This new capability will allow ABB to accommodate the trend toward bigger, more power-hungry data centres and industrial plants that require ever-larger UPS systems.


The test bays also feature several environmental advantages. The use of a power-loop principle implemented into the test infrastructure tremendously reduces the power consumption from the public electrical network and allows approximately 90 per cent of the electrical energy to be re-used.


Test stations are equipped with highly flexible infrastructures that allow customised testing with a nonlinear load or an external generator. In addition to accomodating needs for testing at 400 VAC, standard voltages for Europe and other IEC markets, the facility can be adapted to perform tests at 208 VAC and 480 V, typical for the North America area and other UL markets.



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