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Buying a UPS at Zero cost (well almost)

Published by Jason Koffler on 26 June 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) maintains an Energy Technology List (ETL) to identify technology upgrades that qualify for business tax breaks. These tax allowances are designed to encourage the adoption of more energy-efficient equipment. The ETL is managed on behalf of BEIS by the Carbon Trust.

Tax Credits

The Depot for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) maintains an Energy Technology List (ETL) to identify technology upgrades that qualify for business tax breaks. These tax allowances are designed to encourage the adoption of more energy-efficient equipment. Purchasing a UPS from the list has the added benefits of improving operations and decreasing a company’s power consumption costs.

The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) program will allow a deduction of up to 100 per cent of the upgrade costs for a UPS on the list, and that can include costs for transportation and installation. To be included on the ETL, new models must have an excellent efficiency rating and include all of the following:

Electronic controls Voltage inverter and rectifier Sufficient storage Power supply filters Bypass switch

Improved Efficiency

The problem with older UPS systems is that technology has advanced so quickly that these systems are becoming obsolete. One of the major weaknesses in outdated UPS tech is low power management efficiency. Newer systems have nearly doubled efficiency from around 50 per cent in older models to over 95 per cent in advanced UPS systems (99 per cent in the Eaton 93PM ESS model).

Advanced Technology

There are three major functions of UPS technology that benefit large organisations: pass-through power modulation, coverage for intermittent outages, and the orderly shutdown of systems in case of a power failure. These jobs are performed more swiftly, accurately, and economically with new, technologically advanced UPS modules.

In health care facilities, generators are often available that continue to provide electricity when the power goes out. In this case, a UPS allows an orderly transition to generator power without interrupting the function of life-support equipment. In a manufacturing environment, a UPS allows machinery to be shut down properly, maintaining safety for workers and protecting expensive equipment.

Operational Security

Having a reliable power backup is crucial for institutions with equipment that must continue to function, at least in the short term. Operating theatres, manufacturing lines, and vital alarm systems need protection from unexpected power fluctuations and outages. These could result in tragic results, and a UPS protects against the effects of a sudden loss of power.

Digital Security

Having a reliable UPS is also crucial to preserving digital data. Providing a steady input of clean power to electronic equipment and computers through a UPS prevents data corruption and loss. And, in the event of a complete power failure, the UPS allows computers to be shut down properly to protect digital resources.

Today, digital information is vital to every large organisation, including:

Commercial operations Educational institutions Medical centres Power generation facilities Telecommunication companies Industrial manufacturers

Modular Function

There are benefits to using a fully modular Uninterrupted Power Supply. One advantage is the ability to place your UPS in a number of different locations according to need. Another feature of modular units is accessibility. Advanced UPS models like the Eaton 93 PM and the Riello MPW have touch screens and data ports located at the front of the unit to enable easy monitoring and data access.

Remote Access

You can monitor your power source remotely and access a full suite of reporting tools with these new high-efficiency UPS systems. They feature redundant internal systems that prevent shutdowns and ensure efficient communication between microprocessors. The modularity feature extends to the replacement parts, making it easy to swap out hardware as needed.

Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

The high energy density of lithium-ion batteries, paired with a longer life cycle, makes them ideal for use in modern UPS systems. They’re quick to reach full power capacity and don’t need to be completely charged to maintain lifetime efficiency. In addition to using virtually 100 per cent of all available power without waste, lithium-ion batteries are lightweight enough not to add unnecessary weight to a UPS unit.


The new generation of modular UPS systems is compatible with high-density IT environments, and each one should be able to provide ten years of reliable UPS protection. However, you can add to the power capability once the need arises with an expandable UPS module like the Eaton and Riello models.

Standard features of an advanced UPS system include:

Hardware redundancy Power availability Reliability Lithium-ion battery technology Advanced cooling capacity High-power performance

Top UPS Systems

Below are some of the outstanding features of the two models we recommend.

Eaton 93PM UPS

Lithium-ion battery options Thermal management High capacity Low maintenance Ten-year storage capability 99 Per cent efficiency with Energy Saver System (ESS) Emergency lighting UPS also available

The 93PM UPS has full access from the front for service and maintenance, and it will fit any standard UPS rack. The flexible configuration allows a business to maximise the available workspace.

Riello Multi Power (MPW)

Temperature sensors Battery failure warning Remote operation Linked power module capability Full system integration capability Touch screen communication and monitoring

This is another UPS that features the ability to grow as needs change in a critical data setting without adding bulk. The Riello MPW reaches performance standards of over 95 per cent at a 20 per cent power load.

Reliable UPS Solutions

The Riello and Eaton systems are each compact and easy to install. They can be expanded as the need arises, and both offer lower energy costs and higher efficiency standards. They’re easy to manage through a simple touchscreen control panel that gives access to detailed information on status and performance. Meanwhile, their next generation cooling technology is both economical and effective. We recommend either of these models as the ideal replacement for outdated commercial UPS technology.

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