Brochure | July 22, 2005

Kinetic Power Cell Technology vs. Battery UPS

Source: Caterpillar Inc., Electric Power Division

When the power went out across the northeastern United States and southern Canada on August 14, 2003, approximately 50 million utility customers were left without electricity. For businesses with either no backup supply or one that failed, the financial toll was profound. For example, the New York City comptroller’s office estimated that losses in that city alone topped $1 billion. The event — which won’t even rank in the nation’s top 10 disasters, according to the Insurance Services Office Inc., a Jersey City, New Jersey-based advisory company — cost the city’s eating establishments between $75 and $100 million in wasted food and lost business. Another estimate puts the financial damage to the airline industry at $10 to $20 million. What could have been done to prevent these losses?
For those with no backup power supply in place, the answer is to get one — and quickly. For businesses with a system that failed, the solution is a more dependable alternative source. The solution to power reliability issues is an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). There are two types: battery and kinetic energy. Both provide continuous backup electricity in total outages and power conditioning for voltage dips, surges and sags.


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