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Case for power resiliency in buildings grows with more disaster and outages

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Case for power resiliency in buildings grows with more disaster and outages

Essential businesses like data centers, hospitals are first adopters of new storage systems.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | September 2, 2021

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After recent extreme weather events such as wildfires, floods, and the freeze in Texas last winter that knocked out power for large swaths of the state, demand for new forms of power resilience in commercial buildings is on the rise.

Facilities housing essential functions such as data centers and hospitals are most in need of advanced systems to provide power when the grid fails. Specialists first examine a client’s consumption data and utility tariffs, then run simulations using different configurations and technologies.

Then consultants move on to preliminary design work to gauge a system’s feasibility. In recent years, battery systems have been popular as costs have dropped. These storage systems are typically used to augment renewable energy sources at the facility.

Battery systems also allow owners to store energy when rates are low and draw stored energy during periods of peak demand when rates spike. This strategy reaps significant savings over time.

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