Data centre reliance on lead batteries set to grow
One of the many impacts of the pandemic that looks set to stay is the phenomenal growth in our reliance on digital technology.
And all digital activity is underpinned by reliable data centres.
Data centres are energy-hungry and, without power, they fail. The quality of their service is critical.
Every data centre power requirement is unique. Our experience indicates that valve regulated, maintenance free lead batteries will continue to be the major choice for years to come.
A modern uninterruptable power supply system in a data centre is complex. There are many factors to be considered, such as its location in the world, power quality and the unique nature of the application itself.
And a major driver in the data centre industry is finding carbon neutral ‘greener’ power sources. Our industry is setting an impressive record and some of the major centres already operate on 100 percent renewable energy.
Lead batteries are the most widely used of all the battery chemistry families today. Worldwide there are around $35 billion produced every year. They are used extensively from engine starting in cars and trucks, powering industrial equipment, and for providing critical back-up power in many applications – including data centres. Demand for lead battery technology is predicted to grow by 5 GWh by 2030.
A modern lead battery is the culmination of years of experience. In the data centre world, FIAMM makes batteries that provide the vital link to protect power continuity. We have supplied thousands of applications, supplying big-name customers across the world.
Like most major international battery producers, we continually research new technologies in our effort to provide value for our customers.
There is a major push towards products that fit a circular economy. Lead batteries meet this requirement with a recycling rate of almost 100%.
In the end, the deciding factor often comes down to value for money. The focus is on operating costs and payback. Lead batteries cost considerably less than a lithium solution. An equivalent lithium solution can cost 300 percent more than lead. Furthermore, there is still no effective solution for recycling lithium batteries, and disposal can be costly.