GE’s New VH Series UPS Ensures Continuous Secure Power

GE’s New VH Series UPS Ensures Continuous Secure Power
Double Conversion Technology Creates Seamless Transfer from Utility to Battery Power in the
Event of Utility Failure
Built-in Failsafe Bypass Ensures No-Break Transition from UPS to Bypass if Multiple Fault
Conditions Occur
Superior Battery Management Allows GE to Offer Industry-High, Three-Year Warranty on Both
UPS and Battery
Atlanta—August 27, 2012—GE’s (NYSE: GE) Digital Energy business today announced the launch of its
new VH Series Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system, engineered to provide high reliability power
protection in a small, modern design. The VH Series Single Phase UPS is a true voltage and frequency
independent (VFI), double conversion technology that can provide secure power for all business-critical
The VH Series UPS uses VFI technology to protect critical electrical systems against power
disturbances and frequency fluctuations from the utility, ensuring continuous delivery of a clean
sinewave to critical loads. When peak loads exceed the specification of the UPS, its featured failsafe
bypass creates an immediate and seamless transfer from inverter to bypass, ensuring a continuous
supply of power to the load. The VH Series is capable of rapid switchovers to and from bypass due to
the use of a static switch instead of a less reliable relay.
According to Boston Computing Network a recent report on data loss in Europe, estimated that over
6% of PCs will suffer data loss in any year - a total of 1.7 million incidents of which some 42% are due
to hardware failure, including damage by power surge and drive failure.
“What voltage may be okay for a light bulb or refrigerator, in terms of utility performance, is not
acceptable in today’s digitized world. ” said Riccardo Rutili, Product Leader for Power Quality at GE’s
Digital Energy business. GE’s VH Series UPS is designed to meet the high performance power delivery
needs of both the IT industry and the ever-increasing list of power-hungry systems such as MRI
machines, critical servers and sensitive, critical electrical loads.”
Utilizing easily swappable batteries, the VH Series enables safe, fast battery replacement with less
than one minute of reliance on utility power. The rapid replacement enables the critical load to remain
connected at all times, effectively eliminating downtime. These batteries supply enough power for the
UPS either to ride out an average utility failure or to perform a safe shutdown of the load in the event
of an extended utility failure. GE’s Superior Battery Management optimizes the condition of the battery
and protects the core component of the UPS, enabling GE to offer an impressive, three-year warranty
on both the UPS and battery.
When it comes to charging, the UPS is able to select between boost and float charging to provide a
fast recharge within two hours and to minimize damage to the battery. Charging for the VH Series
battery is both temperature and load dependent. The end of discharge voltage cut off prevents
against deep discharges, resulting in more battery life cycles. The Superior Battery Management and
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use of fast switching static switches, rather than relays, increase the reliability of the UPS. Additionally,
its laser printer mode enables the UPS to operate with high peak loads without transferring to battery.
Other UPS technology flips between battery and standard operation, repeatedly discharging the
battery for short bursts. This process not only damages the battery, it also shortens the life of the
The VH Series UPS replaces GE’s mature GT Series product line and provides advanced technical
benefits to the user. The new UPS features integrated automatic shutdown software, GE’s Superior
Battery Management and a wide range of communication options including USB port as standard,
with the option of RS232, relay and SNMP card slots. Additionally, the VH Series has a much smaller
footprint, up to 50 percent smaller than GE’s previous GT Series, which minimizes the rack or floor
space required for installation. Its robust design, with laser printer mode and high-peak load handling
ability, suits non-standard loads commonly seen in critical processes and motor-type loads.
GE’s new UPS can be set up in either a tower or rack-mount formation, allowing users to adjust the
installation process as network demands change. Its 0.9 output power factor delivers more actual
power than previous UPS models, making the VH Series better suited to today’s power-hungry data
center and server room PCs. The UPS also features a 0.99 input power factor, preventing disturbances
from being fed back onto the utility. It has been designed from the bench up to meet new UL
standards set to be implemented in 2014.
GE’s Digital Energy business is a global leader in protection and control, communications, power
sensing and power quality solutions. Its products and services increase the reliability of electrical
power networks and critical equipment for utility, industrial and large commercial customers. From
protecting and optimizing assets such as generators, transmission lines and motors, to ensuring
secure wireless data transmission and providing uninterruptible power, GE’s Digital Energy business
delivers industry-leading technologies to solve the unique challenges of each customer. For more
information, visit
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