Intelligent Data Centres Issue 49 | Page 63

UNCOVERING THE LAYERS the power generation mix , as well as a renewed focus on how power systems are designed and operated .
When harnessing natural sources of power , which are reliant on the wind blowing and the sun shining , managing a stable and constant supply can be challenging . For this reason , there is an increased need for backup power options , grid balancing solutions and better-connected grids . This often involves the use of generators , which are used to increase or decrease generation , correct frequency deviations and balance supply to demand . Often a stopgap measure , generators are typically installed to run as standalone alternatives to the grid to provide an alternative power source during grid outages . Yet , while their role as a reliable backup power source can keep consumers from being plunged into darkness , businesses from downtime and hospitals from being unable to power vital equipment , generators are only a reliable source if properly maintained – and the only way to do that is to use a load bank .
The energy crisis
In the midst of the energy transition , Russia ’ s invasion of Ukraine has had far-reaching impacts on the global energy system , disrupting supply and demand patterns and impacting trading relationships . As well as causing a prolonged shortage of power ( most
Paul Brickman , Group Commercial Director at Crestchic Loadbanks
notably in Europe ) the crisis has also seen energy prices rise , impacting households , industries and entire economies . www . intelligentdatacentres . com