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Keeping the lights on at UK’s answer to the Large Hadron Collider

Mon 23 Jul 2018

Diamond Light Source

Datacentre managers at estates of all shapes and sizes know all about the crucial need for a robust and reliable continuous electrical supply that keeps their essential equipment up and running. Downtime can lead to data loss, hit productivity, and have catastrophic consequences on a business’s bottom line and reputation.

Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) manufacturer Riello UPS has first-hand experience of how other industries face up to similar power protection pressures on a day-to-day basis too.

Diamond Light Source is a government-funded scientific research facility and home to a huge, half a kilometre circumference machine called a synchrotron. It’s the UK’s equivalent of the world-famous Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator.

Diamond Light Source: the challenge

This massive microscope in Oxfordshire harnesses the power of electrons sent through three particle accelerators to near light speeds so that they produce light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These super-intense beams are used by academia and industry to tackle major diseases, conduct ground-breaking research, and even preserve historical artefacts like The Mary Rose.

As you can imagine, this process requires extraordinary precision, so even the slightest interruption or inconsistency to the electrical power supply can have a devastating impact. Vital research is delayed, while the cost of any downtime can add up to £320,000 per incident.

In this case study, learn how Riello UPS and its certified reseller Specialist Power Systems worked alongside Diamond Light Source to completely overhaul its power protection systems using several Multi Sentry uninterruptible power supplies.

This prestigious project, which was completed three months ahead of schedule resulting in significantly less downtime than initially expected, is literally keeping the lights on at one of the UK’s most important scientific research labs. There are valuable lessons to be learned for all environments where consistent power supply is critical.

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