GE Launches Durathon UPS Battery

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GE Energy Storage Technologies this week introduced the Durathon battery for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems that provide backup power for large data centers and hospitals. Durathon is based on sodium-metal halide technology rather than the lead acid batteries typically used in data center UPS systems. GE has invested in sodium-metal halide for use in hybrid locomotives, and is now adopting the technology for the UPS market. GE says its proprietary chemistry allows the Durathon battery to operate virtually maintenance-free for 20 years. The battery has a high energy density and is fully recyclable. At the Uptime Symposium 2010 in New York , we spoke with Herman Wiegman of GE Energy Storage Technologies, who provides an overview of the sodium-metal halide battery and its advantages. This video runs about 5 minutes.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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