7-8 October
Industrial Energy. How to build a "smart grid" of energy supply in industry.

Energy supply is a quite complicated and multilevel process. Advanced energy market in Russia is influenced by several factors. Firstly, the data centers have recently been built, where more and more productive ICT equipment with high energy consumption is concentrated. Secondly, the requirements for equipment are being tightened. UPS must be easy to use, minimize downtime and repair time as well. And thirdly, the market for DC power supplies is in a state of stagnation now.

New technologies are especially relevant for Russia, which has a historically established large-scale centralized power supply system, which is over 2.5 million km of power lines, about 500.000 substations and 700 power stations with a capacity of more than 5 MW. The active implementation of "smart" technologies in power grid sector could lead to increased reliability and lower operating costs.

A good example of “smart” energy grid operation is the power supply system in the new office building of Megafon, MFC "Oruzheiny". There was a protection necessity at the time of its technological infrastructure for all workplaces and also for all server rooms. Each of thirteen office floors had two UPSs. Twenty-four systems were installed in total. In addition, they installed batteries with Delta element control system. The total project capacity is about 2.5 MW and in case of power failure the battery life could be about 15 minutes straight.

More and more customers of engineering systems realize today the importance of complex approach. Of course, the engineering network operation is affected by many factors. Even today companies are ready to invest their money in a wide range of equipment: from UPS to diesel generators and batteries. An example with "Megafon" shows that competently installed, reliable and high-quality uninterruptible power supply units are the most important in building "smart" energy supply systems.

The market of uninterruptible power systems (UPS), despite the wide scope of these systems application, is quite related to general trends in the information technology industry development. Typically there are five main target markets in which uninterruptible power supplies can be used. These are SOHO market (small office - home office), corporate networks of enterprises, industry and infrastructure, telecommunications, data processing and storage centers (data centers). All these industries are connected in some way with the general level of IT industry development. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the rise and fall of the UPS market for the last 10-15 years have been along with the IT market development.

Powerful UPS - reliable power supply on an industrial scale. Uninterruptible power supplies allow to reliably protect an enterprise from power dips and surges or its complete disappearance. Moreover the UPS brings to naught the disastrous for electronic equipment and devices impact of impulse noise, which accounts about 95% of all technical failures.

The uninterruptible power supply works from its own battery, which generates 220 volts. It is for this voltage that modern computers and devices are designed. Today’s UPS systems development knows three types of these devices:

  1. On-line. These are the most modern sources that exist in the world for today. The key point of their design is that they have the function of a double converter. First, the current is converted into direct current, and then from direct to alternating current.
  2. Off-line. It’s a more budget option and it hasn’t such a function as the predecessor. In this case the output voltage will be the same as the input. If the voltage is beyond the capabilities of the UPS, the inverter launches and gets energy from the battery.
  3. 3. Line - interactive devices operate the same way as Off-line devices, but unlike them they have built-in voltage rectifier (stabilizer). The stabilizer adjusts the voltage in case of any ways of deflection.

Industrial UPS operates at manufacturing site around the clock, giving out stable electricity for equipment even if there are any accidents and deflections in the main electric grid. For this purpose an industrial UPS was designed with increased requirements for internal components reliability. For example, an input and output unit of industrial UPS Isolation Transformers smooths down the power surges.

The market situation of uninterruptible power systems in Russia

The Russian market of UPS sources and systems is still far from saturation, but the whole development of UPS in the country does not stand still. They began to assemble General Electric UPS systems in Russia. "Abitech" LLC has signed a license agreement with GE Industrial Solutions on the Rights to assemble, test and sell equipment in Russia. During the year, according to GE requirements the building was selected and the production company "Abitech-PRO" was established. The first UPS was assembled, fully corresponding to GE standards at the industrial site in Dolgoprudny.

UPS operation is tested under various voltage stresses. "Abitech-PRO" plans to produce five series of single-phase and three-phase UPS in the range of rated power 3 - 600 KVA. The first customers are the state-run organizations that are in charge of import substitution. The processes of UPS assembly and testing have already been localized and design documentation for Russian products has been developed.

UPS systems are the basis for "smart" power supply at enterprises, which gradually enters the large market in Russia. Even today an impressive number of major customers have installed UPS, including: "Mobile TeleSystems" (MTS) in Moscow and other 12 regions of the country, "Ekvant" company, St. Petersburg Metro, the Ministry of Taxes and Levies of the Russian Federation; Pension Fund of the Russian Federation; The Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation at Smolensk Square, the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange and Gazprom; Transneft Surgutneftegaz; Nestle - factories in Samara and Krasnodar; Philip Morris - factories in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar; “Aeroflot” – “Sheremetyevo” Airport; hypermarkets: IKEA, “Auchan”, Markkauf, “Lenta”. Such vastness and immensity of customers says it all: Russia is gradually moving to new modern ways of organizing energy supply, and this is a growing and promising market for domestic producers.

Smart Energy Summit II will be held on March 27 – 28 in Moscow. The development issues of domestic technology market to create intelligent power systems for enterprises will be one of the key topics for discussion at the stream "Internet of Energy: on the way to global compatibility".

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