What is meant by the term ‘Critical Power’?
Critical power is any form of power that, if it were not available, would have disastrous consequences.
What type of places would require continuous uninterruptible critical power supplies?
Hospitals, Surgeries, Military Field Operations, Banks, Airports, Space Bases, Communications Networks, Distribution Centres, Food Manufacturing Plants.
Surprisingly there are thousands of environments that require there to be always available 24-7 without any disruption, come hell or high water.The only true way to protect critical power is with the installation of uninterruptible power supplies, known as UPS Systems, which in turn are supported by Diesel Generators.
This system would then need to be made totally invincible to any power outage, however improbable or unlikely.
To achieve this, the UPS system and generator system would need to be replicated more than once in the event of mechanical failure. The term used is N+1 this equates to a double system. N+2 will be 200% cover and N+3 would be triple cover.
Most Hospitals would protect their critical power with an N+3 power protection system.
An in-depth understanding of how to protect critical power can be reviewed in the section on this website entitled, How does a disaster prevention system work?
How safe is the critical power at your office or business?
Most businesses today couldn’t operate without their computer servers, so the perception that only hospitals require critical power is rapidly changing. Many now require total Disaster Prevention.
Any business should take the time to have an energy audit. Classify what is Critical, what is necessary and what you can do without. Then prioritise. Take steps to protect your critical power before it’s gone.
The assumption that all power is critical power, so power downs will never occur is naive.
If you need critical power then protect it.