As a result, data centre UPS systems are central to the economy today as they protect the data that keeps businesses, transport, finance, education and security systems running. The cost of data centre power outages are in the region of tens of thousands of dollars per minute, with one example from 2016 being Delta Airlines, which incurred losses of $150 million due to lost data. At the same time, data centre operators are coming under greater pressure to increase power density and efficiency to make the most of their available footprint. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology has the potential to bring value when integrated into UPS systems. Traditionally, data centre operators have used valve-regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries. Li-ion batteries have high power density (up to 6 times more than VRLA), offer a long lifespan (around 20 years), highly reduce maintenance, can withstand high temperatures and offer faster recharge times to recover quicker.
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