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Piller’s latest development offers the promise of totally battery-free data centres

Piller announces its latest innovation in battery-free standby power: the world’s largest, commercially available kinetic energy storage device for UPS applications. 

POWERBRIDGE™ PB60+ is a highly compact, efficient and practical replacement for conventional batteries. The unit can deliver power above 3MW and provide 1MW of electrical power for over 60 seconds. This extraordinary achievement with very low losses and a minimal maintenance.

Following the addition of the PB60+, the existing range of Piller kinetic energy storage systems extends from 3.6MJ to 60MJ+. The company has a strong record of manufacturing kinetic energy storage over the past 20 years and now has more than 7,000 units installed around the world.

Andrew Dyke, Managing Director – Global Business, Piller Group GmbH:

“With for example, 1 MW of power available for over a minute, the PB60+ can easily take the place of batteries to ride through a power outage whilst multiple standby generators come on line. This means guaranteed power when you most need it, no need for regular battery testing and no expensive battery replacement part way through a data centre’s life.

“The PB60+ in conjunction with our UNIBLOCK rotary UPS can be implemented with diesel or gas generators in any critical power infrastructure scheme thus eliminating one of the main reasons for power outage in a data centre – batteries!”

About Piller

Piller is a world leader in power protection technology. The company builds electrical systems for mission-critical applications worldwide. Clients include many of the world’s central and commercial banks, stock exchanges and other financial institutions, as well as broadcasters, airports, telecommunications networks, government departments and co-location operators.

Founded by the German engineer Anton Piller in 1909, more than a century on Piller is still headquartered and produces in Osterode and nearby Bilshausen, although today the company has subsidiaries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia and today employs approaching 1000 people worldwide.

In November 2016, Piller Power Systems Inc, the US subsidiary of Piller Group GmbH, acquired Active Power Inc, the US kinetic energy storage specialist.

Piller Group is a division of the UK engineering and industrial group, Langley Holdings plc.