Continuing our series on critical power needs beyond the data center, this month we will take a look at marine environments.
The availability of electrical power at sea is critical.
From cruise ships to commercial shippers, marine environments require dependable power solutions for unpredictable situations.
Why it’s important
Although these applications have emergency generators to provide backup in case of a power outage, they also have uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems available to increase safety and security. The UPS system is available to provide limited power until the generators kick on or in case of a generator failure.
UPS systems are vital for many reasons. They:
- Power propulsion systems and automation
- Ensure functional emergency transitional lighting, public address, watertight bulkhead, and fire doors
- Keep navigation and transmission systems running
- Protect your critical hardware from damaging surges and power failures
Although temporary, this backup power is critical for safety and security until power can be restored or help can arrive.
As with any UPS system, there are many things you can do to keep it operational and ready to kick in at a moment’s notice. A couple of the most important are below.
Preventive maintenance: You should always follow a stringent preventive maintenance program to prevent the risk of failure and plan for replacement of defective components.
Battery monitoring: Continual monitoring of battery state-of-health allows you to replace batteries when they are no longer reliable. It also allows you to maximize their lifespan by not replacing batteries that are still fully functional.