When a UPS is operating at significantly under capacity, its energy efficiency can be negatively impacted. With ABB’s Xtra VFI operating mode – currently available for the DPA 500 UPS only – this problem is solved. Xtra VFI mode is a smart way to minimize losses and improve efficiency safely when running in double conversion mode.
When Xtra VFI mode is enabled, the UPS automatically adjusts the number of active modules according to the load power requirements. Modules that are not needed are switched to a standby state of readiness, primed to transfer back to active mode if the load increases. The efficiency improvements achieved by this mode of operation are especially significant when the load is less than 25 percent of full UPS system capacity – an operating condition in which traditional UPS systems fare poorly.
The DPA 500 calculates the optimal loading for each of its modules, taking into account the desired redundancy level selection and other set parameters. To ensure smooth operation in each application, the highest expected load step can be set by the user, as can the number of redundant modules that should be active at any time. Hysteresis prevents the modules from switching on or off when close to the threshold. To increase reliability, extend service life and equalize ageing, the system rotates the modules between active and standby mode at fixed intervals.
Should there be a mains failure or other abnormal situation, all modules revert to active mode within milliseconds.
Since its recent introduction to the market, the DPA 500 UPS has proven very popular: ABB’s decentralized parallel architecture (DPA) is the most advanced approach to modularized UPS available. With DPA, each standardized module has all the hardware and software needed for autonomous operation. Modules can be swapped without powering off. Systems can be scaled up by simply adding more modules. Because of its very flat efficiency curve, the DPA 500 is very efficient in most operating working regimes and Xtra VFI mode increases this capability even further.
The Xtra VFI feature will be of special interest for large and colocation data center users where energy efficiency is a topic of great interest. A pilot installation of Xtra VFI mode has been running smoothly and effectively for some time in a large data center in Germany.
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