Stormy seasons, blackouts caused by extreme temperatures, and everything involving natural disasters can send your business into a no-power emergency. If your business requires highly available, 99.999% up time and needs to provide services in emergency situations, you can't simply wait on the power company to rescue you. There are a few backup power options that can kick into action when commercial power is lost, but you'll need to weigh the options and even consider combining them for the best results. Here's an overview of two great options and how you can make them work.
Solar Power And Battery Banks
Getting power from renewable energy sources such as solar power is a great step forward for the environment and becoming more viable as a support system, but you need to plan your solar backup system carefully before giving solar power the burden of your business.
Like many renewable energy sources, the key point of energy consumption is the battery bank. No matter what type of energy source you're using, you need to have enough storage for your computers, servers, routers, and other Information Technology (IT) assets to stay powered. Until more effective direct power sources are available, it's all about keeping the batteries above 0% capacity.
This isn't an impossible task, and the price points vary depending on your business' demand. The main issue is that new batteries must be kept in reserve for when battery cells in your storage bank are damaged. It's a wear and tear issue that happens a lot faster than standard electrical converters attached to commercial power company connections.
Solar's true power (until future technical advances) shines when used with other technology. A solar charging station with a powerful battery bank can reduce the amount of fuel used in other backup power systems such as diesel generator systems, and it can even be used during normal operations to keep your utility bills lower.
Diesel Power For Quick, High-Capacity Power
Backup generators powered by diesel are a great choice for getting a full delivery of power on demand without needing intermediate storage such as battery banks. Unlike current solar technology available for most businesses, the power from a diesel generator provides enough electrical current to get things going as soon as it starts.
The downside to diesel is that you'll need to keep diesel in storage to refill the backup generators. For businesses creating a "just in case" plan without recent emergencies, this means that your diesel storage may expire depending on the mixture's shelf life.
This problem can be subverted with diesel delivery during emergency situations. Instead of keeping enough fuel to keep your systems running for days or weeks, cut the amount in half and create a plan for diesel delivery from a diesel depot. This will give you the fuel you need when you need it instead of risking barrels of fuel going bad in your business' storage.
Contact a diesel depot representative to discuss delivery options and local plans during emergency. For more information, visit a site like http://unitedoil.net.Share
11 October 2016
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