Boston-based Schneider Electric unveiled a 3-kilowatt uninterruptible power supply (UPS) device half the size and weight of comparable products to make it ideal for edge applications where space is at a premium.
The APC Smart-UPS Ultra comes in a 35 pound, 1U form factor and can be attached to a wall, ceiling or small pedestal to stand up on its own. In one example, Schneider officials on Thursday said in an online news conference that it could be ideal for a neighborhood gas station where space is at a premium and where uninterrupted digital operations of pumps and other equipment is vital.
They claimed the new UPS is the smallest and most advanced single-phase UPS on the market. IDC has projected edge computing products will grow 12% a year, reaching $250 billion in 2024.
It runs on a Lithium-ion battery, which lasts three times longer than a lead acid-based UPS. It comes with a five-year warranty, but officials said it will last eight to 10 years and save 15% in total cost of ownership over 10 years. The price was not disclosed; it ships in September in North America and will be available globally next year.
The device can also be monitored remotely over the cloud with EcoStruxure Ready software. It connects via Ethernet or embedded network port.
Schneider Electric also announced updates to it EcoStruxure IT software to improve remote management capabilities, environmental monitoring and to add remote capacity modeling and planning.
Also, officials detailed the Galaxy VL, a three-phase UPS in the 200 to 500 KW range equipped with Galaxy Lithium-ion battery cabinets. It fills out a lineup of Galaxy UPS products that tops out with the Galaxy VX 500 to 15 KW product.
Schneider officials also set out a vision of zero carbon future by 2050 that relies on digitization of more processes. The company released a report, “Digital Economy and Climate Impact,” which predicts IT related electricity demand will increase by almost 50% by 2030. However, the global electricity system will reduce emissions in coming years, with an increase of 26% by 2030.
Pankaj Sharma, executive vice president of secure power for Schneider Electric, said the findings from the report show it is misleading to assume that all digital activity will result in problematic increases in CO2 emissions as some analysts have contended. “The analysis…puts to rest the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years,” he said in a statement. Even so, he said the industry must remain vigilant.