PowerShield Provides Battery Backup for NASA, Microsoft

October 28, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

PowerShield energy manageNew Zealand-based PowerShield, which monitors and manages mega banks of batteries that can be pulled into service in the event of a power outage, says it has contracts with NASA, Microsoft and Huawei (China).

The impact of a lack of power was highlighted for New Zealanders in 1998 during a five-wee power outage in Auckland where four failed cables disrupted around 60,000 office workers and apartment dwellers, and temporary power was sourced from generators or ships in the container port.

PowerShield’s battery systems are routinely employed in critical organizations such as hospitals, airports, and data centers.

According to the company, a good battery management system will monitor the battery system both as whole and individual cells for critical indicators from operational measures (voltage, environmental conditions) and charge/discharge. But battery monitoring only works if someone looks at the data. Therefore, PowerShield has created a remote reporting service where the battery monitoring data is sent to a server on a daily basis and generates regular reports to the customer.

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