Don't compromise when it comes to supporting life-saving equipment.
Patient care is your number one priority. That makes protecting patient care technology number two. In the medical profession, an uninterrupted power supply is essential to the performance of life-saving equipment. A UPS power conditioner helps smooth out potentially damaging surges and sags and covers any power gaps in the event of an outage.
For vital sign monitors, CT scanners and MRI machinery, the power supply needs to be constant, non-fluctuating and reliable to prevent damage to the equipment and ensure accurate readings and test results. Doctors, nurses and patients rely on the critical information these sensitive machines provide, and often cannot wait for them to bounce back after a power surge or outage. Uninterruptible power supplies keep a steady current flowing to maintain performance over time.
In addition to diagnostic equipment, UPS systems provide battery backup for life-sustaining medical equipment in the event of an emergency. Patients relying on ventilators, dialysis, respirators, anesthesia machines and more need a continuous power supply to provide care and support as they recover. In the event of a black- or brownout, a Mitsubishi Electric UPS can provide backup power to life-support equipment until generators are available.
Flywheel-powered UPS systems are low maintenance, have a longer life cycle than traditional batteries, and can work in any environment. A kinetic energy storage system that presents an eco-friendly alternative to lead-acid batteries, flywheels are ideal in a hospital or healthcare facility where storage and disposal of hazardous batteries is problematic. With a flywheel, the rotational energy of the wheel is leveraged to create and store more power, while naturally smoothing out surges or sags as needed.
While they provide a shorter period of backup power (30-40 seconds), flywheels can be an ideal solution in situations where the UPS is only needed to cover fluctuations or gaps between power outages and generator power kicking in. A flywheel UPS provides a high-power, small footprint solution that doesn’t need to be replaced over time and does not have the same cooling requirements as traditional batteries.
Incorporating lithium ion batteries into your battery backup system for supporting hospital equipment is another avenue to explore. Due to the absence of toxic lead, lithium ion may serve as an attractive alternative to the environmentally- and safety-minded leadership at hospitals. Longer runtimes are also possible with lithium when compared to flywheels. Different battery chemistries possess distinct characteristics.
Flywheel power is compatible with many UPS systems and can be leveraged in multi-module UPS solutions as well to create redundancy and ensure critical medical equipment is protected. In medical applications, the recommended Mitsubishi Electric UPS is the 9900AEGIS Series UPS. It’s a three-phase 80-225kVA system that’s lightweight and has a small footprint. Contact us for a quote or to learn more about leveraging the 9900AEGIS Series with flywheel power as a battery backup to support your medical equipment.