Schneider Electric Announces Release of 3-Phase UPS
Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation, energy management and
automation, has announced the launch of its Galaxy™ VL 200-500 kW (400V/480V)
3-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for industrial applications. Available
worldwide, the newest addition to the Galaxy family offers a highly efficient and
ruggedized, compact UPS, with up to 99-percent efficiency in patented
ECOnversion™ mode, offering a full return on investment within two years (model
dependent) for critical applications within industrial facilities. Schneider Electric will
be unveiling this new Galaxy VL for industrial applications at staggered times across
With Galaxy VL, Schneider Electric introduces ‘Live Swap’, a pioneering feature
which delivers a touch-safe design throughout the process of adding or replacing the
power modules while the UPS is online and fully operational, which offers enhanced
business continuity and no unscheduled downtime. Additionally, Live Swap’s touch
safe design offers increased protection for employees who no longer have to transfer
the UPS to maintenance bypass or battery operation during the insertion or removal of
the power modules.
“The Galaxy VL was built to reduce voltage stress on the PN junction which is what
causes system failure for most UPS. Typically, this equipment (UPS) is resilient to a
fault. It doesn’t breakdown easily,” said Morris Nmor, Entreprise Manager, Schneider
“You can maximize availability, reliability and Uptime for power continuity through
the Galaxy VL UPS in your data center.
You can scale as you grow from 50kilowatt power module up to 500 kilowatts per
unit, therefore; You can pay as you grow and reduce your total cost of ownership said
Nmor. He further said that with the VL UPS, you can do a live swap with no
Scheduled downtime, you can add or swap power modules while keeping Your UPS
online and your staff protected.
The average market footprint is 1.6m 2 while Galaxy VL footprint is 0.8m 2 therefore
maximizing space for all data centers. The Galaxy VL was designed with large data
centers and collocation providers in mind. The Galaxy VL can work with the Lithium
Ion batteries further reducing footprint and total load on the data center facility.
The operational efficiency that the customer gets is 99%+, he said. “What this does is
that it saves energy and eventually cost for the client.”
The new VL UPS can guarantee return on investment in two years or less, by bring
down operational cost which means more business, especially for big companies with
big data center facilities, said Nmor.
According to Schneider Electric, the key benefits of the new Galaxy VL include
maximized space for critical production equipment. Galaxy VL is the most compact
UPS in its class, 50-percent more compact than the market average at .8 m2, meeting
the demand for uninterruptible power in space-constrained industrial environments.
Additionally, Galaxy Lithium-Ion Battery Cabinets deliver total space savings of up
to 70-percent compared with VRLA battery solutions.
It has a rugged design for harsh environments – high operating temperatures of up to
40°C, dust filters, conformal coating on critical PCBA boards, and seismic-ready
system protection; saves money. Galaxy VL’s modular, scalable platform enables you
to pay-as-you-grow, reducing CapEx investment, operating costs, energy
consumption, and TCO. One can scale power instantly in 50 kW increments from 200
to 500 kW with no extra footprint.
The new Galaxy also reaches sustainability goals. Up to 99-percent efficient in
ECOnversion mode for a full return on investment within two years in energy savings
(€26,280 EUR annual electricity savings)2. As a Schneider Electric Green Premium
product, it includes the option for long-lasting Lithium-Ion batteries.
Another benefit is that it has increased reliability through EcoStruxure: by connecting
Galaxy VL to EcoStruxure— Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled
system architecture and platform— industrial operators can benefit from
EcoStruxure™ IT software and services. These EcoStruxure offerings enable
customers to monitor, manage, and model their IT infrastructure and get service
support 24/7 anywhere, anytime. The Galaxy VL is available worldwide and can be
purchased directly from Schneider Electric.
Determined to ensure that power is provided at constant, acceptable voltage, current,
and frequency, Schneider Electric had in May, announced that it has added new
features to three of its existing UPS, to enrich customers’ experience.
These features vital to the Nigerian consumers as interrupted power supply remain a
common problem in Nigeria. Also common is power surge, a temporary increase in
voltage on a power line, usually 10 percent to 35 percent above normal voltage and
can last between a few milliseconds to several minutes; and spikes, a dramatic
increase in Voltage lasting less than 3 nanoseconds.