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Comparing Data Center Batteries, Flywheels, and Ultracapacitors


Most data center professionals choose lead-acid batteries as their preferred method of energy storage. However, alternatives to lead-acid batteries are attracting more attention as raw material and energy costs continue to increase and as governments become more vigilant regarding environmental and waste disposal issues. This paper brings you up-to-date on this subject with the following information:


  • A comparison of several popular classes of batteries,
  • A comparison of batteries to both flywheels and ultracapacitors
  • An overview of fuel cells



Stephen McCluer Senior Applications, APC-MGE Stephen McCluer is a Senior Applications Engineer for external codes and standards compliance at APC-MGE. He has 25 years of experience in the power protection industry, and is a member of the IEEE Stationary Battery Committee where he chairs two working groups. He also is a member of NFPA, ICC, IAEI, ASHRAE, and the USGBC. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has authored technical papers and articles on power quality topics.
Jean-Francois Christin Business Development Manager, APC-MGE Jean-Francois Christin is Business Development Manager for APC-MGE’s Secure Power Solutions organization. His 17 years of experience in the power systems industry includes management of technical support in APC-MGE’s South Asia and Pacific region, and management of technical communication and business development in the EMEA/LAM region. He is member of LPQI, actively participates in international power and energy conferences, and trains subject matter experts on topics related to power quality.
Schneider Electric
10 Jul 2008
01 Jul 2008
16 Page(s)
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