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Power surge, interrupted power supply in Nigeria: Schneider Electric to the rescue



In its commitment to mitigating power surge and interrupted power supply which remains a common problem in Nigeria, Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation, energy management and automation, says it is introducing Galaxy™ VL 200-500 kW (400V/480V) , a three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) particularly for industrial use.

The UPS, according to Schneider Electric, offers a highly efficient and ruggedized, compact UPS, with up to 99-percent efficiency in patented ECOnversion™ mode.

Morris Nmor, the Entreprise Manager, said Schneider Electric would unveil the new Galaxy VL for industrial applications across the globe.

“The Galaxy VL was built to reduce voltage stress on the PN junction which is what causes system failure for most UPS. Typically, this equipment (UPS) is resilient to a fault. It doesn’t breakdown easily.

“You can maximize availability, reliability and Uptime for power continuity through the Galaxy VL UPS in your data center.

“You can scale as you grow from 50kilowatt power module up to 500 kilowatts per unit, therefore. You can pay as you grow and reduce your total cost of ownership,’’ said Nmor in a statement given to Persecondnews.

With Galaxy VL, Schneider Electric introduces ‘Live Swap’, a pioneering feature which delivers a touch-safe design throughout the process of adding or replacing the power modules while the UPS is online and fully operational which offers enhanced business continuity and no unscheduled downtime.

Additionally, Live Swap’s touch-safe design offers increased protection for employees who no longer have to transfer the UPS to maintenance bypass or battery operation during the insertion or removal of the power modules.

He said with the VL UPS, a live swap can be done with no Scheduled downtime, explaining “you can add or swap power modules while keeping Your UPS online and your staff protected.’’

The average market footprint is 1.6m2 while Galaxy VL footprint is 0.8m2 therefore maximizing space for all data centers. The Galaxy VL was designed with large data centers and collocation providers in mind. The Galaxy VL can work with the Lithium Ion batteries further reducing footprint and total load on the data center facility.

On operational efficiency, he said:“What this does is that it saves energy and eventually costs for the client.


Schneider Electric Galaxy VLS


The new VL UPS can guarantee a return on investment in two years or less by bringing down operational cost which means more business, especially for big companies with big data center facilities.’’

According to Schneider Electric, the key benefits of the new Galaxy VL include maximized space for critical production equipment.

Galaxy VL is the most compact UPS in its class, 50-percent more compact than the market average at .8 m2, meeting the demand for uninterruptible power in space-constrained industrial environments. Additionally, Galaxy Lithium-Ion Battery Cabinets deliver total space savings of up to 70-percent compared with VRLA battery solutions.

It has a rugged design for harsh environments – high operating temperatures of up to 40°C, dust filters, conformal coating on critical PCBA boards, and seismic-ready system protection; saves money.

Galaxy VL’s modular, scalable platform enables you to pay-as-you-grow, reducing CapEx investment, operating costs, energy consumption, and TCO. One can scale power instantly in 50 kW increments from 200 to 500 kW with no extra footprint.

The new Galaxy also reaches sustainability goals. Up to 99-percent efficient in ECOnversion mode for a full return on investment within two years in energy savings (€26,280 EUR annual electricity savings)2. As a Schneider Electric Green Premium product, it includes the option for long-lasting Lithium-Ion batteries.

Another benefit is that it has increased reliability through EcoStruxure: by connecting Galaxy VL to EcoStruxure— Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform— industrial operators can benefit from EcoStruxure™ IT software and services.

These EcoStruxure offerings enable customers to monitor, manage, and model their IT infrastructure and get service support 24/7 anywhere, anytime. The Galaxy VL is available worldwide and can be purchased directly from Schneider Electric.

Determined to ensure that power is provided at constant, acceptable voltage, current, and frequency, Schneider Electric had in May, announced that it has added new features to three of its existing UPS, to enrich customers’ experience.

These features vital to the Nigerian consumers as interrupted power supply remain a common problem in Nigeria.

Also common is power surge, a temporary increase in voltage on a power line, usually 10 percent to 35 percent above normal voltage and can last between a few milliseconds to several minutes; and spikes, a dramatic increase in Voltage lasting less than 3 nanoseconds,’’ the company said.


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