Lead battery systems support data centres in EU push for digitisation
The increasing digitisation of everything from industry to healthcare demands a reliable source of battery power to ensure the smooth running of digital services. Without reliable battery energy storage, the Internet and other digital services would falter and even grind to a halt.
EU battery manufacturers make some of the most advanced lead back-up (known as Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) battery systems) in the world and they are vital to achieving Europe’s digitisation goals.
Digital data flow is growing in importance as Europe’s employees continue to work from home, children manage schoolwork remotely and businesses rely on virtual meetings. Crucial for processing and securing the ever-expanding data volume, data centres are facing new and huge challenges in supporting this digital way of life. The increase in data traffic requires data centres to optimise energy demand and highlights the need for greater reliability – the provision of digital infrastructure and services can only be ensured if there is a fast and reliable internet connection.
UPS systems are required in almost every data centre. They protect IT systems against power failure and general voltage fluctuations, to ensure they function as intended and without disruption. Lead-based UPS batteries are often already employed to address this issue.
As an outcome of a partnership of many years, HOPPECKE Batterien GmbH & Co. KG (HOPPECKE) has most recently supplied several lead UPS battery systems to Hetzner Online GmbH (Hetzner), an Internet hosting company and data centre operator.
Hetzner operates three state-of-the-art data centres – in Nuremburg and Falkenstein in Germany and another in Helsinki, Finland. Several HOPPECKE battery systems supply all three locations with energy and data security support. This year, a HOPPECKE battery system designed for 1.2 MW for 15 minutes will also be put into operation – the grid | power V H is particularly suited due to a high current capability and its exceptionally long service life.
The partnership and resulting support systems installed by HOPPECKE are an example of how the European lead battery industry supports the European Commission’s strategy to become a ‘Europe Fit for the Digital Age’. A focus on data, technology, and infrastructure such as data centres and the systems that support their function will help Europe strengthen its digital sovereignty.
Electrical energy storage using lead batteries is now well established, with improvements to the underlying technology ensuring long cycle and calendar life, and the ability to almost completely recycle them after use. While non-lead-based alternatives exist, they fail to provide the same levels of performance, reliability or cost effectiveness.
Hetzner also offers environmentally sustainable infrastructure for the improved operation of websites and provides other high-performance hosting products.
Adapted from an original article by Verbinder