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Vertiv to update Keele Uni’s data centres with energy-efficient power solutions

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Vertiv has been selected by Keele University to supply an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system and battery back-up.

The new agreement will see Vertiv replace the university’s ageing UPS with a new scalable, efficient and space-saving solution ­– the Vertiv Liebert APM UPS with a 400 kVA capacity in a N+1 configuration.

Vertiv will also replace a bank of ageing, open-air lead-acid batteries with rack-based, self-contained battery cabinets. The new battery modules may be added or replaced with no interruption or risk to the connected equipment, when the UPS is not operating on the battery.

Vertiv has said that it expects the new power solutions will play an important role in the university’s institution-wide decarbonisation strategy; Keele has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

Alex Goffe, Associate Director of Operations & Infrastructure at Keele University, said, “It’s no exaggeration to say that our partnership with Vertiv is mission-critical for the university. Sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Keele, and the new UPS and battery modules will play a crucial role in helping meet our energy-saving ambitions. They will also help to enable business continuity across the institution.

“The scalable nature of the new UPS provides us with a high degree of flexibility. If there is a need to grow in the future, we can add power modules into the frame to extend the power capacity of the system.”

Alex Brew, Country Manager for Vertiv in the UK & Ireland, added, “By harnessing our digital infrastructure solutions, Keele University can continue to be ahead of the game when it comes to energy efficiency. Keele is already a valued Vertiv customer, and we’re delighted to be helping the institution as it continues on its journey to realise its ambitious data centre plans and institution-wide decarbonisation strategy.”

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