Vertiv Unveils UPSs to Meet Rising AI and HPC Data Center Power Demands

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DateJul 11, 2024

Global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, Vertiv (NYSE: VRT), has released its Vertiv Trinergy solution, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) designed to manage data centersvariable load demands, and Vertiv PowerNexus, an integrated solution that provides space-saving close coupling of the UPS and system switchgear. Both devices are now available globally, withVertivTrinergy UPS available in 1500, 2000, and 2500 kVA capacities.

As worldwide electricity consumption from data centers is expected to double by 2026, owing mostly to AI (artificial intelligence) and HPC (high-performance computing), the need for reliable backup power solutions has never been more important. This increase in demand would emphasize the need of having GPUs and CPUs available at all times to enable AI computing.

Vertiv Trinergy is regarded as a durable and efficient UPS in its class. According to the business, Vertiv Trinergy would outperform Tier IV data center power chain predicted availability, with a 99.9999998 percent uptime – equivalent to only 30 seconds of outage over 10 years. In contrast, a Tier IV data center power chain can expect eight hours of outage during the same time period. This considerable boost in reliability is due to the system’s longer backup time configurations and revolutionary self-isolating core design, which includes a modular architecture with 500kW physically segregated cores. Each core operates separately, combining components of an online UPS such as an inverter, rectifier, booster/charger, and dedicated controllers to provide consistent power delivery even during maintenance.

Kyle Keeper, Senior Vice President of Power Management Global Business Unit at Vertiv, underlined the significance of high-capacity power in a dependable system for data-intensive AI and HPC applications. He emphasized Vertiv Trinergy UPS’s capacity to deliver the resilience required for future-ready operations and sustain AI loads. Vertiv Trinergy is designed for seamless integration with a variety of primary and backup power sources, including lithium-ion and nickel-zinc batteries, as well as alternative distributed energy sources such as fuel cells and long-duration batteries (BESS), providing the flexibility needed to adapt to a wide range of AI applications.

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Potential Energy and Cost Savings

Vertiv Trinergy’s design focuses on space efficiency and lower maintenance costs. Its flexibility continues throughout the UPS design, allowing building components to be assembled for various deployment types while saving space with its small footprint. This simplified power distribution via a single connection point eliminates the need for several cables, flanges, bus ducts, and switchgear connections for UPS outputs.

Vertiv Trinergy’s footprint is optimized when combined with Vertiv PowerBoard Switchgear as part of the new Vertiv PowerNexus system, further improving its space efficiency. This integration into a single block linked by internal busbars lowers cabling materials, installation time, and labor costs. The Vertiv PowerNexus may be fitted onsite as a power skid or within an enclosure, allowing for customization to meet unique site needs. Factory-completed integration reduces installation time on site. The incorporated Vertiv EPMS (energy and power monitoring system) improves safety, dependability, and operability by enhancing visibility and decreasing interconnections.

The UPS is backed by Vertiv‘s range of project and lifecycle services, which includes new data-enabled services like Vertiv LIFE enhanced incident management and condition-based maintenance analytics. These services offer health scores to ensure maximum performance and dependability.

Another notable aspect of Vertiv Trinergy would be its efficiency, which may reach 97.1% in double conversion mode and 99% in Dynamic Online mode, according to Vertiv. This high efficiency would lower operating costs and energy dissipation, resulting in much lower cooling system usage and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with shorter payback periods.

Vertiv Trinergy would also provide potential energy and cost savings with its Dynamic Grid Support function, which allows the UPS to engage in demand management and other grid services when available. The system’s continuous duty booster function may run at full load forever from a DC supply and is designed to work with the Vertiv DynaFlex Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). This compatibility enables the use of alternative energy sources for backup or primary power, resulting in a shorter mean time to repair (MTTR) and assisting decarbonization efforts by replacing traditional diesel generators.

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