Whether you are planning to invest in a new critical power system or looking to replace parts within an existing system, there are several factors that drive the specification process. Cost, reliability and the application are key to the decision-making process. The second day of the Buyers Forum @ Critical Power Expo will evaluate existing and new technologies for each component of the critical power system, from power conversion systems to distribution units to help you, the buyer, stay up to date and specify the right equipment for your facility, within your budget.
Expect case studies by equipment manufacturers and engineers outlining specific applications using these new technologies, comparisons of legacy systems with the new systems, and evaluate the efficiencies, reliability and total ownership cost savings and payback between them. Topics to be addressed in each component category:
- Technology update:
- What new technology is available in the marketplace and what is their capacity/capability?
- How to use this new technology while maintaining five 9’s reliability?
- Cost modelling:
- Outlining ROI, TCO, CAPEX, OPEX of power system components
- What is the most reliable/cost efficient solution for uninterruptible power?
- How can their energy efficiency be improved?
- How can the technology be scaled?
- How does it fit into existing infrastructure?
Joseph Gottlieb, CTO & Director, Rhombus Energy
Forecasting the Impact of the Internet of Things on Critical Power Systems
The global trend of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving the use of big data in many industries. A recent report by McKinsey indicates this market has the potential to generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025. In healthcare for example, IoT is driving innovations enabling real time patient care and remote monitoring. This market alone is expected to grow by $136.8 billion with CAGR 12.5% forecast by 2021. As such, data becomes a critical part of many facilities and ensuring its safekeeping and capture requires IT infrastructures which will be supported by critical power components. Similarly, IoT offers opportunities for implementation in the critical power system itself in that they enable automated and remote monitoring, commissioning and improving efficiencies. This keynote will explore the impact of the Internet of Things on critical power systems in terms of the trends, challenges and possibilities it offers for critical power system component capabilities, as well as the increased need for critical power systems to support the growth of IoT technology.
Managing the Challenges of a Highly Connected IoT Environment
Daniel McGinn, Director of Business Development, Schneider Electric
Evaluating Technology for Power Quality Control
Whether it is a high, medium or low voltage application, power quality is paramount to keep the application running. The aging grid infrastructure and increased implementation of renewable sources can impact the frequency of the current, which can cause brownouts and outages that put your organization at risk. Implementing power quality control systems and switchgear technology to control power quality is paramount to creating a robust system. This session will evaluate key challenges in choosing a solution for your application and offers insights on making the most of the following power quality control technology.
Examining Grid Power Quality Issues, Critical Loads and Innovative Power Converter Solutions
Anil Tuladhar, VP of Engineering, Rhombus Energy
Reviewing the Implementation of Smart Switchgear Systems for Improved Reliability
Nic DiFonzo, Automation Engineer, G&W Electric
Assuring Power Quality of Clean Power for the Development of the Digital Economy
Daniel Rixhon, Senior VP Sales & Business Development, CE+T America
Extending Battery Life with Supercapacitor Technology
Ramdev Kanapady, Technology Development Leader, Eaton
Examining the Latest Advances in Back-up Power Solutions: Generators, Fuel Cells and Energy Storage
The size of your facility and the power load required by the critical applications drive the specification of the type of backup power generation that will be implemented on the site. Advances in fuel sources such as hydrogen, natural gas and renewables have increased the options available on the market for backup power generation. Fuel cells, generators and energy storage are the focus of this session as suppliers will evaluate key considerations for choosing one solution over another by cost modelling comparisons of legacy systems with new systems, and evaluate the efficiencies, reliability, fuel availability and total ownership cost savings and payback between them.
Rick Burant, VP of Sales, Major Accounts, Altergy Systems
Evaluating Onsite Power Generation Solutions for Today’s Challenges: Increasing resiliency as a critical power system solution while adding economic benefits
Justin Sullivan, Senior Vice President, GE Capital Industrial Finance Solutions
Eduardo Alcorta, Senior Business Development Leader, GE Distributed Power
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Versus Traditional Power Sources for Critical Systems: Cost, Install, Maintenance and Daily Use Comparisons
Robert L. Mount, President & CEO, Power Innovations International Inc
Reducing Risk and Impact of Downtime in the 21st Century App Economy: Design, Build and Commissioning Best Practice of Mega Data Centers
The Data center world is yet it’s in its infancy. Applications such as AI, cloud and many others shall exponentially need more power, intense cooling, higher security and reliable MEP systems. The stock market continues to shatter all-time records and hence the financial impact of outages. Average cost of data center downtime is ~ $ 9,000/ minute. This figure will much increase as businesses and consumers rely more on higher density data centers. Downtime is unavoidable and manageable, it can be effectively minimized by simple design.
This presentation will review the lessons learned, best practices and ways to best manage by design, build and Commissioning experiences of mega data centers globally for the Fortune 50 firms.
What does downtime mean for 21st century app economy and how can data center operators reduce risk and impact?
- Designing for Failure
- Examples of High Impact Outages
- The Unforgettable Application
Mahmood Akhter, Project Manager, Affiliated Engineers Inc
Analyzing Lessons Learned from UPS and Generator Incompatibility for Component Synchronisation
UPSs and generators play a major role in any critical power system. The connection between these two components is sensitive because none of them generates pure sine wave voltage. Incompatibility between the UPS and generator is a major challenge. To understand the magnitude of potential problems between the generator and UPS, we need to realize that IT devices have a requirement that the slew rate should not exceed 0.5 hertz/second. However, slew rates of 10-15 hertz/second, for short time periods, are normal for many generators. This presentation will address the following issues:
- Outlining UPS and generator incompatibility
- Introducing solutions
Duraid AlJailawi PhD, P.Eng, PMP, LEED AP O+M, Accredited Tier Designer, Manager of Critical Environments, CBRE Limited | Global Workplace Solutions IO Property and Land Management Services
In the Loop: Understanding Cost and Operational Benefits of Electrical Distribution Systems
Many institutions are capitalizing on the benefits of district energy systems for chilled water, heating water, and steam, but few have leveraged the advantages of electrical distribution systems. This session will present a case study of Columbus Regional Healthcare System’s four step project to upgrade normal power and essential distribution systems for its main campus and an adjacent hospital. The project included the addition of a generator plant that provides 100% backup power and negotiation of lower utility rates. The presentation will discuss the benefits of electrical distribution systems in terms of capital renewal and deferred maintenance, operations and maintenance, system flexibility and reliability, and utility cost savings.
John Blissett PE, LEED AP, Electrical Engineer, Bernhard Energy
Showcasing UPS Technology Trends
UPS technology is a critical component within a mission critical facility, large or small. It ensures a continuous power current between the switch from the main to the backup power source. Advances in battery chemistries, increased energy efficiencies, scalability are all driving the commoditization of this technology. Static and dynamic UPS solutions are available on the market and their suitability depends on the requirements of the critical applications requiring uptime. This session will feature case studies of static and dynamic UPS projects as well as reviews of technology trends, cost modelling and implementation.
David Johnson, Director of Business Development, Hitec Power Protection, Inc.
Batteries: Is Now the Time for Lithium-Ion in Critical Power Applications?
Jerry Hoffman, President, LiiON
Thomas McKinney, Director Data Center Development, Forsythe/T5 Major
Reviewing Battery-Free UPS Design
Mike Sheppard, Regional Sales Manager - Midwest & Canada, Piller Power Systems
Analyzing Strategies for UPS Cost Optimization
Mike Chmura, UPS Sales Manager, Ametek Powervar
Reviewing modular UPS solutions in Datacenter Applications for High Availability and Scalability
Jeff Wittman, Power Systems Engineer, ABB
Reviewing T-Mobile Data Center Power Distribution and Cooling Methods
- Minimized power conversions
- IT power loss reduced from 11.6% to 5.0%
- 32kW nominal per cabinet @2n
- 30% cabinet count increase
- 30% capital reduction
- Two orders of magnitude reliability increase
- Plug-n-play installation, maintenance and growth
- Cooling systems
- No hot spots
- No fluid dynamics studies
- No air-flow issues
- No water systems, no evaporation
- 1.3mPUE on compressors, 1.1mPUE with economizers
Don Doyle, Member of Technical Staff Critical Facilities Engineering, T-Mobile
End of Conference Day 2