2017 will see the release of several new UPS technologies from Power Control and so far this year the company has released the next generation of its CertaUPS single phase UPS systems. Featuring new virtualisation management software and monitoring for multiple UPS through an innovative smartphone monitoring app for iOS and android phones.
At the start of the year, a new service manager system was implemented to improve onsite scheduling and reporting.
Power Control signed as a Huawei value added partner and introduces a range of advanced modular UPS solutions ideal for IT and datacentre requirements.
Huawei micro data centres Fusion Modules 500 and 800 were added to the product portfolio to provide leading solutions for the move towards Edge Computing.
Power Control completed a prestigious 1.5MVA project installation at Glasgow Super College.
Power Control’s CertaUPS brand was launched. Previously badged under the Borri Ltd ‘B’ series, the CertaUPS single phase range boasts the latest UPS topologies and user features to deliver the most advanced, high performance single phase UPS series available.
The first Huawei modular 900kW UPS5000-E solution was successfully installed by Power Control with the client reporting that they were delighted with product quality and efficiency realisations.
As part of the company’s strategic growth plans and to address customer driven power protection, the company rebranded to Power Control Ltd.
An extended board of directors was announced. Power Control was named the largest independently owned UPS specialist in the UK.
Power Control was chosen as the UPS provider for the Rugby World Cup.
The Borri Ingenio, Ingenio Max and Ingenio Plus UPS were launched in Tuscany, Italy at the partner summit in June.
Sunguard EMEA Corporate Headquarters required data centre efficiency improvements, which resulted in Power Control customising, supplying, project managing and commissioning 9.6MVA of UPS.
The new range of single phase UPS were chosen to support all security elements in the stadia of the Commonwealth Games held in Scotland, where the company’s registered office still remains.
New software was released for single phase Borri UPS (now CertaUPS)
Following structured investments into the company since the year 2009, the company celebrated its 20th year of trading and sales orders reached a record £10 million for the year.
The company installed 4MVA of UPS systems into a new build, privately owned, co-location datacentre in Reading.
Positioning itself at the forefront of the data centre market, the company exhibited for the first time at Data Centre World – the UK’s largest data centre event.
The business premises was expanded to include a three phase witness facility and test area. The company’s state of the art facilities were upgraded to support the growing number of employees in estimation, project management, customer service and quality control.
The company was awarded a prestigious data centre project worth £1.3 million for Portsmouth City Council.
The Borri B9000FXS and B9600FXS UPS systems were independently tested and verified by TÜV NORD for efficiency. The efficiency figures were the best in the industry for transformer based three phase UPS.
The company is appointed as an exclusive representative in the UK for Borri Spa.
Impressed with the outstanding quality and reliability, Borri Ltd became the first UK UPS company to provide a three year warranty as standard for its full range of three phase UPS systems.
As part of an aggressive expansion plan to position the Borri brand as a UK market leader, the company officially changed its name to Borri Ltd.
The company started working with renowned manufacturer Borri Spa with a plan to reintroduce the Borri brand to the UK UPS industry.
The company reached £6million turnover
Power Control (Scotland) Ltd trading as AEC UK officially changed its name to AEC Power Control Ltd and released a new transformer free, three phase range of UPS systems. The company’s three phase installations increased by 50%.
Laser eye surgery becomes established on the high street.
The company designed a bespoke power protection solution to support laser eye equipment during operations to ensure that surgeries could be completed in the event of power disturbances.
The design was rolled out across all Ultralase Eye and Vision Express clinics nationwide.
The company delivered a complete power protection strategy for Leicester City Football Club’s new stadium. The complete works included backup power for the stadium’s lighting and CCTV control rooms.
In one of the greatest football story’s ever, Leicester City went on to be Premier League champions in 2016.
IG Group is floated onto the FTSE100 London Stock Exchange and Energy Systems is awarded the contract to provide full electrical infrastructure protection for IG Index’s prestigious headquarters at Blackfriars Road.
The solution included a 600kVA containerised standby generator set with a fully redundant three phase UPS system and static switch.
The business delivered its first containerised UPS solution, which comprised of 4 x 100kVA UPS systems with inbuilt switchgear, environment control and batteries for telecommunications giant Orange.
The company won its largest single power project to date; a 1.6MVA three phase solution to protect airport runway lighting at an international airport
With a strong trade and reseller network, the business introduced a sister company – Energy Systems Ltd.
Energy Systems Ltd was established to provide technical design and bespoke solutions including full electrical installation, specialist switchgear, gas power standby generator sets and small data centre solutions with centralised static switch infrastructure.
Power Control became the exclusive representative for UPS manufacturer AEC in the UK and began trading as AEC UK.
The company went on to develop a full three phase range of UPS solutions with other European partners and presented the T2000 and T2003 UPS systems. Some units are still operating in the field today.
As part of Power Control’s support of its local community, the company’s current managing director, Mark Trolley joined through an apprenticeship scheme developed to inspire young talent in the area.
To support the company’s growth and to be able to hold increased stock and expand its service and production facilities, Power Control moved to a new premises in Eckington, Sheffield.
Threats of the millennium bug threw many into panic over the safety of their data, with increased fears over significant power failures. Power protection equipment became even more essential.
With marked annual growth, Power Control appointed its first export partners in Scandinavia.
By the late 1990s the majority of businesses were reliant on some form of critical electrical infrastructure.
The need to have regular servicing for UPS solutions and other backup power equipment became much more apparent.
To support this, Power Control launched its Power Maintenance Division. With four of its own employed engineers and fully stocked Mercedes Vito vehicles, Power Control began to offer a complete range of service contracts, which included co-ordination facilities and 24 hour / 365 day response.
Power Control provided a full UPS solution and service contract to 46 Police Fingerprint Bureaus nationwide. The contract continued for 13 years until the eventual centralisation of this technology. The equipment supplied was manufactured by Borri – an Italian manufacturer that Power Control is now partners with.
With the continued surge in use of the internet, Power control secured its largest three phase UPS and standby generator combined solution to date with new local internet service provider (ISP) Plusnet (HQ in Sheffield).
Following successful deployment Demon Internet also engaged Power Control to deliver a full power protection solution.
The world wide web became available to the masses with the release of Internet Explorer 6, an integral part of Windows 95, which went on to revolutionise the use of the home PC (Personal Computer).
This went on to fuel demand even further for backup power protection.
Power Control (Scotland) was originally incorporated as a Limited company to meet the huge demand for power protection equipment, which was created by the movement of users and businesses to digital technology.
UK businesses started to use centralised PBX (Private Branch Exchange) for internal communications, which lead to the telecom boom of the early 1990s and the staggering demand for UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies).
Power Control was awarded a tender by bluechip company Philips Business Communications to supply over five hundred sites with single phase online UPS systems.
Where it all began.
The early 1990s saw the rapid uptake of technology within day to day life. Embracing the advances in technology, businesses became increasingly dependent on the use of electronic equipment.
Power Control Ltd's current chairman and founder of the business recognised that with this, there would be an exponential necessity for power protection and decided to set up a business to meet this demand.