next generation backup power

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Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems are critically important to successful IT, telecommunications, and computing operations. UPS technologies have come a long way in terms of electrical design, but a majority of UPS Systems still use a battery to store energy. Batteries are problematic in these systems though.

Batteries are great as an energy source (near constant power for a long time), but are not designed to deliver power (a larger than normal and short burst of energy). When they are used to deliver power, they are significantly damaged; something to keep in mind as batteries have a fixed cycle life and have a declining capacity with every use. 92% of all UPS battery activity lasts less than a second. 92% of UPS battery activities is to deliver power, not energy.

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UPS Batteries in a Data center

In comparison, the CBC is designed to deliver power rather than energy. Connecting the CBC in parallel with the batteries provides the best of both worlds: high power and long lasting energy storage. The added advantage is that the CBC would be complementing the batteries, leading to less frequent replacements while significantly reducing the cost of ownership. The CBC is also a distributed energy storage device, helping to make the storage local to the load.

The CBC Enables Cable-Based Backup Power

For most cases, complementing the UPS with a CBC is the best course of action to reduce the cost of ownership increasing your margins. The CBC can be used in more creative ways never considered before. For example, the CBC itself is an energy storage component that can act as a Cable-Based Backup Power System! We are excited about this in three areas specifically:

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Gaming & Telecom

Telecom equipment in homes, offices, and in IT/telecom infrastructure are often powered by a DC voltage source. The CBC can be added to the DC power cord to protect the equipment during power flickers This way, you won’t have to wait for your cable box and Wi-Fi to reboot during a short outage from a thunder storm or utility maintenance, nor will you worry about losing your game progress!

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UPS System’s most common load that it backs up is an array of servers. Often times, a UPS will be placed in a rack full of servers. Capacitech wants to take backup power one step further and embed the CBC in the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V voltage lines that are inside the server providing hyper-local energy storage, another layer of redundancy, and would result in an improved power quality in the server!


Remote Sensing

There is another flaw with using battery based UPS systems. They are often times too large for some loads. This is the case for POE security cameras and remote sensing applications. The CBC is thin and flexible, offering discrete, distributed, and local energy storage to POE cameras and a wide variety of IoT sensors. The CBC is low maintenance and it’s long life makes it ideal for these kind of remote loads.