Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Power Control gets first place at the games

The solution and results

If there had been a disruption in power, thousands of people would have been affected at the games, but also the millions of people watching the games on television- causing not only financial implications but also logistics ones too.

A total of 458 individual UPS units ranging between 1kVA through to 80kVA, where delivered to over 19 sites in Glasgow. Delivery to the various locations required precision planning and timing, which was expertly handled by all parties involved.

The majority of the order comprised a selection of Borri rack mountable, rotation UPS systems (now housed under the CertaUPS brand). The battery backup runtimes required for the different units ranged from 5 minutes to six hours, depending on the standby generators supplied by others. The B300R (CRT300R) and B400R (CRT400R) series are high efficiency, flexible single phase solutions.

A wide selection of tower online double conversion solutions were also selected. These included B400 (CRT400) 3kVA units, B500 (CRT500) 10kVA systems with 2 hour battery runtime, five B500 EVO (CRT500) 20kVA with 6hour runtimes and a Borri B8000FXS 80kVA.

Adding to the complexity of the project, the Borri B8000FXS 80kVA was placed within a custom built container to provide an easier delivery and connection to the generator.

All UPS systems and generators delivered resilient backup and were all delivered within a short time frame, which met the games needs. The event was left unaffected, with a nation of happy spectators and sporting competitors.

In addition to the UPS units supplied, Borri also provided 55 SNMP cards so the Commonwealth Games Committee was able to remotely monitor and manage these units using an Ethernet connection over a Local Area Network, although there were no faults reported during the games period on any of the units supplied, the remote connection gave valuable peace of mind to the games organisers.

About the Product

Borri UPS Systems
Borri UPS Systems

The Borri B8033FXS is ideal for loads of 10-20kva which require fitting into a slim server rack or data centre. What makes them so user friendly is that the units are scalable, and therefore can continue to meet changing requirements. Other benefits of this model include:

  • A transformer free design for increased efficiency
  • Temperature compensated battery charging for preserving battery lifespan
  • High-level diagnostics via LCD screen for ease of use
  • Dual DSP controller to increase efficiency yet reduce size
  • Enhanced generator compatibility for changing needs

The B500 (now the new CRT500) is great for loads between 6-20kva and boasts:

  • Server shut down in the event of a mains fail to prevent data loss
  • A wide input voltage window for a higher disruption tolerance Selectable output voltage to reduce overload
  • EPO connection for user safety
  • Intelligent communications slot for sharp monitoring equipment
  • Plug ‘n’ play parallel kits for convenience
  • Future expansion or redundancy to meet changing business needs
  • Internal manual bypass so no load is interrupted

Both models feature online double conversion topology, high efficiency of up to 98%, and a three year warranty for peace of mind.

This is just the latest of high profile projects that we have had the privilege of working on and we are thrilled to have been chosen to provide such a vital component for the Commonwealth Games. Borri UPS systems have long been recognised as the leading choice for both power resilience and efficiency. We are pleased that the games went without a hitch and are confident that it will definitely be one to remember.

Rob Mather

Sales Director, Power Control

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