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Electricity backup unit saves data from power cuts

US startup Gridpoint has developed a way to store electricity, which could be used to ensure IT systems are not hit by power fluctuations.

The firm’s GridPoint Protect, a next-generation backup power appliance aims to provide security in the event of a power cut. It incorporates recyclable batteries, power electronics and an on-board computer in an appliance about the size of a small refrigerator.

In a power cut, GridPoint Protect automatically switches on in less than 18 milliseconds, ensuring that computers do not lose data. Users gain eight to 10 hours of backup power to run critical workloads. When utility power is restored, the product’s batteries automatically recharge and stay ready for the next outage.

The product also offers online energy management via the GridPoint CentralSM Web portal, where users can create a bespoke energy profile to automatically manage energy efficiency based on business needs and preferences.

The portal also provides information such as the runtime of battery backup power available, the energy status of different business sites, total energy consumption data, utility rate schedules, historical energy usage patterns and weather updates.

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