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Generate Income with your UPS

UPS owners are now making revenue from energy storage. Are you?

Vertiv has developed technology and services that now enable UPS owners to generate revenues from providing energy storage services to the grid without compromisng IT resiliency.

How it works at a glance

Dynamic energy grid at times requires additonal capacity that may not be immediately available or is very expensive to bring online. Individuals and companies who have energy storage devices are sitting on capacity that they can sell back to the grid. Vertiv Static UPS batteries are energy storage devices that can can provide capacity to grid operators. With the technology Vertiv has developed, owners of these UPS devices can earn revenue by selling unwanted energy to the grid operator without any risk to the critical IT load. This concept is called Behind The Meter Grid Support.

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FAQ's

Intermittent renewables continue to challenge conventional energy generation. Evening out this renewable supply will require new energy storage services both in front of the meter and behind. Operators of data centers and other types of critical infrastructure will have a key role to play in this shifting energy landscape which will present new ways to generate revenue and lower costs.

This is a market in evolution so revenues are likely to change over time. A 20MW facility could expect to make or save more than 1m Euros PA.

It's critical to point out that energy storage services do not impact, or threaten in any way, the primary mission of the UPS which is to protect the load. The capacity used for grid services is in addition to the core energy redundancy required to protect the load. We should make sure that we always have sufficient kWhs of UPS battery capacity to back-up the load in case of any interruption to the grid supply. This can be hardwired within the UPS control or through the external site controller.

You can either take part directly or via an aggregator partner. An aggregator will handle the connection and licensing issues but will take some of the revenues.

If you choose a direct approach, rather than via an aggregator, you will have to manage contracts and tenders directly some of which need to be renegotiated every six months or even more frequently – perhaps even daily.

No. An external controller can only request the UPS to modify the status of the input stage (rectifier); the request will be fulfilled if and only if the UPS self-contained control allows you to do so (i.e. the operation is totally safe for the output load).

Yes. The UPS is equipped with input signals that can inhibit any Dynamic Support operations, at any moment.

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Lithium Ion batteries: Enabling efficient and agile energy storage

Lithium Ion batteries are well suited for applications such as distributed energy storage or even utility scale storage. There are number of reasons for this:

  • Long levels of cycles
  • High efficiency
  • High energy density
  • Ability to discharge without affecting battery life
  • Quick charge and discharge
  • Lower pricing compared to the past

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Vertiv battery energy storage technologies enable power intensive users such as data centres, telecom sites, and commercial and industrial facilities to optimise their power assets to save on energy bills and earn additional revenue. Our technologies also offer the opportunity to efficiently utilise solar and wind energy for local usage, storage or for export, helping to preserve the energy availability and resilience of the electrical site. Vertiv grid support technologies allow customers to unlock additional revenue by utilising stored power in UPS systems and generators to stabilise the frequencies of the grid, thus reducing demand on the grid during peak electrical periods.

Features:

  • Customisable solutions to best-fit site-specific conditions, and leverage existing onsite assets including generators, PV and wind assets

  • Battery charging optimisation across tariffs and sources of energy

  • Ability to earn revenue by providing grid services including static and dynamic frequency response

  • Sub 1 second response to provide grid services while maintaining the ability to avoid site downtime

  • Balance fluctuations in site energy needs by using batteries to store excess energy for release when needed or to avoid peak tariffs

  • Integrated, 24/7 LIFE remote monitoring of infrastructure

  • Islanding detection and support

 

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