The UPS division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) is known for its innovation in the power protection industry. The company has developed new technologies to improve efficiency and safety in UPS systems, providing customers with cleaner, more reliable power. UPS technology innovations are an important part of UTC’s strategy to increase sales across all divisions.
The UPS division was one of the first companies to develop fuel cell-powered uninterruptible power supply units (UPSs), which use hydrogen gas to produce electricity instead of lead or lithium batteries. Fuel cell UPSs can last up to two hours longer than battery-operated systems, making them ideal for emergency backup situations like extended blackouts. They also provide higher energy density per unit volume.
Helium UPSs for clean rooms
UPS systems can be used to power computers, printers, and other electronics that are located in clean rooms. However, the circulation of air through these rooms means that many UPS systems produce “dirty” electricity. The UPS division developed a line of UPSs called HeliNetTM systems which generate only pure hydrogen gas inside sealed chambers. This poses no danger to sensitive equipment or human health inside clean room environments. All UPS components are also cleaned thoroughly before installation, reducing the chances of damaging sensitive components during installation.
Traditional lead-acid batteries have two negative plates made from sponge lead submerged in an electrolyte solution composed primarily of water and sulfuric acid. The UPS division has developed an entirely new type of UPS battery called germinal matrix technology (GMT) batteries that use a different electrolyte solution and positive plates made from spongy lead coated with layers of active carbon and zinc oxide. This design makes the battery last longer, performs better under extreme temperatures, and allows it to be recharged by UPS systems more frequently without losing strength or capacity over time.
Energy conservation UPSs for large facilities
UPS systems waste energy when they power inverters that convert DC electricity into alternating current before the electricity is distributed to end users. To reduce this loss, UPS division engineers designed new UPS system models that send direct current directly to equipment through “powerline carrier” (LC) UPS technology. This type of UPS also allows for smaller UPS systems to power large facilities that need 20 megawatts or more of electricity, making them ideal for large factories and data centers.
UPS division engineers also use gel batteries instead of water-based solutions to help reduce UPS system power consumption.
As UPS division innovation continues, the company will look towards several new areas for research and development. UPS division engineers are examining the possibility of using organic materials to create new UPS systems that can produce electricity on their own and last an extended length of time without recharging. They’re also exploring ways to reduce UPS noise and vibration during operation by designing UPSs that move at a lower frequency than traditional UPSs. Researchers are also working with natural gas fuel cells designed specifically for UPS systems, rather than traditional fuel cell models that require hydrogen gas.
The UPS division was recently recognized nationally for its innovative approach to improving efficiency in its technology through UPS technology innovations. UPS division engineers have also been awarded multiple patents for their research on new UPS battery technologies and UPS system designs.
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