Wednesday, April 13th
7:00 am Registration Opens
8:00 am Welcome/Opening Address
Designing for Critical Power Reliability
The high demands of system reliability coupled with expenditure restrictions and speed-to-market have made choosing the right power architecture more important than ever for critical facilities. Determining the required levels of customization and redundancy is the key to meeting these demands. There are many benefits and potential pitfalls associated with the decisions made when designing the system power architecture. Careful consideration needs to be given when making these decisions so that the solution meets the demands of the facility. This session will review the four commonly used system power architectures, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as methods of increasing system reliability and decreasing deployment time.
Doug Head, National Sales Manager, Data Centers, ASCO Power Technologies
Benefits of Transitioning from Lead Acid to Li-Ion Batteries for Datacenter
The current legacy datacenter stored energy platform is built around lead acid batteries designed around automotive platform solutions and manufacturing economies of scale. These solutions are carbon footprint intensive, ecologically hazardous,expensive to purchase, install,maintain, monitor, manage, need excessive space and facility infrastructure support, and generally are not managed by long term CAP-X or OP-X model efficiencies. This presentation will discuss modernizing this enterprise platform for stored energy using safe, reliable and agency certified practices and products. Learn how datacenter total cost of ownership of stored energy systems lead acid vs Li-Ion is effected by issues such as the overall life of system, ease of installation, overall size and weight, ambient operating temperatures,integrated communication for real time monitoring and managing of energy assets, scaleable platform, safety, reliability and lower operating costs.
Jamey Johnson, VP Business Development, LiiON
Stationary Batteries: Why They Fail and What Can be Done to Prolong Battery Life
The humble battery is the Achilles heel of any back up power system and it should be given some respect. In recent studies, up to 85 percent of critical power system failures are due to battery failures or the improper management of them. This presentation will demystify battery maintenance requirement and outline the requirements of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) and other maintenance standards. Special attention will be paid to the impact of battery conditions and problems on the overall integrity of the backup power system. Special attention will be paid to end-user expectations. Case studies will be given.
J. Allen Byrne, Technical Support and Services Mgr., Interstate PowerCare
10:00 am Networking Break
Hybrid UPS for Mission Critical Application with Lowest TCO
Critical applications should never been in critical condition. Many power infrastructures are built redundant while encountering problems to keep their total cost of ownership (TCO) affordable. Energy is wasted in several conversion stages whereas maintenance costs increase and components show limited life expectancy. Moreover, organizations have now to develop disaster resilience strategies and must prevent environmental group opposition. Cutting edge technologies enable deployment of flexible UPSs with high availability, superior efficiency and better operational flexibility. Its now possible to build such backup systems with no single point of failure, marginal energy waste and shrunk maintenance costs. This presentation will demonstrate that it is now technically possible and economically viable to meet modern constraints the industry is facing with -48 VDC hybrid UPSs.
Daniel Rixhon, Director, Sales & Business Development North America, CE+T America
Protecting Your Business Efficiently with Rotary UPS
The presentation will focus on educating attendees on the highly efficient rotary power supplies application in the manufacturing process, healthcare, semiconductor and mission-critical markets. It will emphasize practical application of the technology through case studies, design and installation process, ROI and total cost of equipment ownership. Learn how to identify, budget and calculate the ROI for a rotary UPS system for use in a mission-critical facility. Hear why rotary UPS systems are the best business option for high power requirements of todays mission-critical environments.
Will Cisler, Vice President, Engineering, Hitec Power Protection, Inc.
Replacing Uninterruptible Power Supplies with Automatic Transfer Switches
Conventional practice calls for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to provide backup power to critical systems. While this approach works, automatic transfer switches (ATS) offer improved reliability, lower upfront acquisition costs and reduced operating costs. ATSs automatically switch from a primary to a secondary AC source in the event of primary power loss, and the proliferation of microgrids makes ATS an increasingly appealing choice. In this session, attendees will learn why they should consider selecting an ATS for their next critical application and how to choose the right one. We will discuss real life ATS examples, including how a major airport utilized 300 ATSs instead of UPSs and saw a 10-year savings of more than $10 million.
David Nystrom, Director of Special Projects, TSi Power Corp.
12:20 pm Lunch
Effective and Efficient Power Quality Solutions
There are two electrical interactions between electrons and protons: electrostatic (voltage) and electromagnetic (current). Without voltage, there is no current. Controlling current consumes at least six times the energy required to clean a system by controlling voltage. This can be verified by observing the standards which indicate that current harmonic distortion of 30 percent will cause a 5 percent voltage distortion. Correcting the voltage waveform while providing arc-flash protection is safer, more effective, more efficient and more economical than controlling the current harmonics.
William Hinton, Director of Engineering, Applied Energy LLC
2:50 pm Networking Break
Clean Energy Back-Up Power Solutions: The Role of Advanced Fuel Cell Technology in Protecting 21st Century Critical Facilities and Networks
Organizations responsible for critical communications invest millions of dollars annually to guard against power loss; increasingly business leaders are demanding reliable, clean energy back-up power solutions that provide continuous, on-demand power. Fuel cells have long been envisioned as a potential source of clean, renewable energy, but have traditionally faced three seemingly insurmountable obstacles: high manufacture and catalyst costs, concerns regarding durability and an inability to automate mass production. Today, fuel cell technology has broken through all three barriers, and has effectively delivered reliable, low-cost, clean back-up power with solutions that meet the requirements of the most demanding telecommunications applications. With recent advances, Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology has proven to be an economical alternative to diesel generators and batteries, and particularly well-suited to rooftop deployments. Altergys PEM fuel cells have demonstrated improved total cost of ownership and durability, delivered uninterrupted clean energy during prolonged utility outages and simplified full compliance with EPA regulations. With the largest deployed fleet in telecom, Altergy will share success stories from both national and regional carriers.
Vito Coletto, Director of Sales, Altergy Systems
Energy Storage Systems An Update on Developing Codes and Safety Standards
Energy storage systems are being installed throughout the US and there is interest in ensuring that codes and standards are sufficient to address safety of these devices including consideration of new technologies that are being utilized. The US DOE in 2014 identified the importance of ensuring the safety of energy storage systems and the need for updated safety standards and codes. Work has been underway throughout past couple of years on updating these standards and codes by various organizations including UL to meet the needs of energy storage system stakeholders. Hear status updates of standards such as UL 1973 and UL 9540 as well as proposals being made to model codes such as NFPA 70, NFPA 1 and ICC IFC that will impact the industry.
Laurie Florence, Principal Engineer, Large Format Batteries, UL LLC
5:00 pm Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Thursday, April 14th
7:30 am Registration Opens
The Role IoT will play in the Facility of the Future
Advances in technology are redefining how facilities manage their energy assets. Internet of Things (IoT) platforms now make it possible for facilities to become more data-driven, improving building resiliency and reducing energy costs. That data at a facility managers fingertips (via a controllable dashboard) allow them to see if systems are working as required so that when called upon to provide backup power, there are no surprises and equipment works as needed. This session will explore the Facility of the Future and how IoT technology is redefining facilities management and allowing facility managers to take control their of their energy assets and energy future.
Paul Schuler, VP Customer Management, Blue Pillar
Harnessing IoT and Predictive Analytics for Uninterrupted Service
Providing uninterrupted service is a big challenge. To cope, businesses are turning to IoT sensors and data analytics to monitor operations, identify trends, generate real-time alarms, and preempt service disruptions. Access to remote devices, machines, and assets enables businesses to collect real-time data on equipment, facilities, and sites, but its essential to translate M2Ms big data into actionable information. Algorithms, data mining, advanced predictive analytics, a knowledge base, and application expertise must be applied to interpret the data so organizations can develop concrete actions that reduce operating costs, enhance reliability and extend asset life. The presentation will include several real-life examples of how organizations use real-time monitoring and predictive analytics to reduce costs, save energy and improve reliability.
Jonathan Quint, CEO and Co-Founder, Ontegrity
The Shrinking Enterprise Data Center How to Manage Space, Power And Cooling in a Changing Environment
The Cloud, Big Data, and now the IOT often drive discussion and technology in the data center. While this has given the industry incredible advancements in efficiency and technology, the enterprise data center is faced with a growing problem; they are shrinking, but their fixed costs are not. Underutilized UPS systems, along with a bone yard of old, half empty racks are more common than they used to be. The same is happening in other industries; healthcare, manufacturing, finance and retail are also experiencing increased efficiencies in equipment and consequently their supporting infrastructure is oversized, inefficient and expensive. In this discussion, we will review several case studies for facilities that have overcome the carnage left behind due to co-location, cloud transition, or simply have a decreasing power demand.
Mike Bergum, Account Manager, Quality Power Solutions
10:30 am Featured Presentation
Protecting Your Enterprise: Critical Power Beyond the Data Center
The phrase Critical Power is of course a reference to the power delivered to systems whose operation is deemed critical. Evolutions in the industrial and commercial spaces are changing the landscape with respect to what systems are essential to the enterprise and require continuous operation. Increased adoption of UPS systems is indicative of these evolutions. Safety, risk avoidance and competitiveness are the typical drivers for UPS adoption. However, broadly discussed trends such as the Internet of Things and Edge Compute adoption are representative of our ever-increasing reliance on the growing information available from our enterprise. Protecting the intelligence embedded in our systems requires new thinking about how we integrate clean, uninterruptable power into our enterprise.
Dan McGinn, Business Development Manager, Secure Power Systems, Schneider Electric
11:15 am Lunch / Conference Conclusion