Time to focus on standby power system servicing
By J Ward, Powermode
Electricity+Control, August 2015 (pages 31, 32)
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Load shedding underlined the importance of serviceable Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems, power inverters and diesel generators – the ‘go-to’ options for most businesses to counter Eskom’s severely-constrained and poorly resourced grid.
Load shedding is here to stay thanks to Eskom’s ageing plants and delays in getting the coal-fired Medupi and Kusile plants up to speed.
This is putting the spotlight firmly on the readiness of back-up, emergency power systems to fire as required - at a moment’s notice. Failure, particularly in the business world, is not an option. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping these systems in peak condition and fit for purpose.
Regular servicing per a pre-planned schedule will address one of the biggest problem areas: Battery life is often shorter than expected as far as UPSs are concerned. Failing or failed batteries are at the heart of so many standby system disasters.
- Load shedding in South Africa has put the spotlight on the readiness of back-up, emergency power systems to fire at a moment’s notice.
- UPSs are designed to provide back-up power for short periods of time.
- Good preventive maintenance regimes will address standby power system reliability from many perspectives.