Green initiatives have encouraged the gravitation towards environmentally friendly technologies such as flywheel UPS systems. The European Commission energy efficiency action plan has also helped drive the uptake of flywheel UPS systems.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (powersupplies.frost.com), European Flywheel UPS Markets, finds that market earned revenues of over €25.4 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach €58 million in 2014.
“Although the technology has been in existence for a long time, it has seen widespread acceptance and increased uptake only over the past three or four years,” says Frost & Sullivan programme manager Malavika Tohani. “Flywheel UPS systems use kinetic energy, eliminating harmful emissions and disposal issues and reducing the impact on the environment.”
Data centres represent the largest end-user segment for flywheel UPS systems, followed by the industrial segment. However, other sectors such as airports, shopping malls, hospitals and commercial applications are expected to step up the pace of adoption of flywheel technology.
“The total cost of ownership (TCO) for a flywheel UPS is less than that of the battery-based UPS, primarily because of the lower operational costs,” notes Tohani. “Moreover, this technology is energy efficient and space saving since it does not require huge storage space for batteries or cooling systems that are a part of conventional UPS systems.”
The benefits of this technology have remained unnoticed and under publicized, and it is this inadequate exposure that is proving to be a handicap. Data centre customers, for the most part are unaware of the economic viability of this technology, but understand its value from the standpoint of environmental conservation.
Power outages and load fluctuations can prove costly in mission-critical environments and the importance of ride-through capability is increasing. While the short backup time of the flywheel UPS prevents widespread use, this technology offers undeniable benefits including long life, low maintenance and total cost of ownership (TCO), and low storage space requirements besides being eco-friendly.
Dramatically raising awareness levels will support rapid market growth. Manufacturers must actively participate in conferences, trade shows and seminars to enable better exposure for flywheel technology. Besides, effective interaction with contractors, consultants and training agents are necessary to engender more productive business outcomes.
Nonetheless, ongoing efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and prevent climate change have triggered interest in alternative energy storage technologies. As awareness spreads and manufacturers ramp up R&D efforts, flywheel systems are bound to gain ground in the UPS space.
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