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Bournemouth University and Huawei UPS5000E 120kW UPS System

 The Project Brief 

The project required a single frame 100kVA UPS that could be expanded to 200kVA if required and use of the existing UPS battery (3x32Ah strings) and battery stand. The new UPS had to integrate into the existing electrical infrastructure, building management, fire suppression and air conditioning systems. 

The installation required a 3-year UPS warranty and comprehensive UPS maintenance contract with SNMP remote management and signal contacts for the building management system. The entire installation had to be completed within a weekend 

The datacentre project presented several challenges.

To power down the entire datacentre facility required CEO sign-off and timing to coincide with one of the quietest planned weekends in the university year. The installation took place over a weekend and it was paramount that the datacentre facility was fully operational again on the Monday morning.


Project Process

Thamesgate put a four-man team onto the project. Whilst the UPS installation was relatively straight forward a detailed project plan was developed to cover working shifts commencing from the Friday of the installation over a 48-hour period alongside site IT and facilities teams.

On the Friday night, the IT team began to close down the datacentre. Once complete, the Thamesgate team de-commissioned the existing UPS and removal to its off-site recycling centre and the new Huawei US was put in situ. Thamesgate worked rewiring the battery set and the installation of the new UPS maintenance bypass panel. The overall works were completed on the Saturday night with testing and commissioning set for the Sunday. 

Following commissioning the datacentre was powered up and the decision taken to complete a full site mains power failure. The new installation performed as expected.

Having completed the installation at Studland House, Thamesgate now also maintain the generator and another legacy UPS system at Jurassic House datacentre that is planned for upgrade to a Huawei UPS system at a later date.



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Mr. M. Smith. Vice Dean. Bournemouth University