Herve Tardy, Eaton Corp.’s vice president and general manager of distributed power quality for the Americas, kicked off day two of the sixth annual, invitation-only Eaton Partner Summit with a keynote presentation about the future of the power market. Here are just a few of his thought-provoking prognostications.
Eaton, in fact, is hard at work on a li-ion UPS product right now. A new edition of Eaton’s 5P1500 containing lithium ion batteries will reach market in Q4 of this year, Tardy says. Its $1,285 MSRP will be significantly higher than that of the standard edition, which lists at $856, but since you won’t need to replace the batteries every two years its lifetime TCO will actually be $447 less.
Developing the product hasn’t been easy though, Tardy reports. Lithium ion batteries—and especially those big enough to power a UPS—are perilously explosive. Eaton believes it’s figured out how to build and ship li-ion units safely, but it took a while.
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