Publishing Date: Apr 05, 2022

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For the fourth time in succession, critical power solutions specialist, Power Control Ltd, has been named finalists in the distinguished DCS Awards. In the 2022 awards, Power Control has been named in three categories for their Lithium-ion installation at Kao Data:

  • Data Centre Sustainability Project of The Year
  • Data Centre Sustainability Innovation of The Year
  • Data Centre Power Innovation of The Year

Following a win in the Energy Efficiency Innovation of the Year category at the 2021 DCS Awards, Power Control has continued to provide innovative and efficient critical power solutions for the data centre industry, including services that build trust in emerging technologies that will help data centres to achieve their sustainability goals.

One such technology is lithium-ion. After its emergence into the UPS markets a few years ago, uptake has been steady. Up until recently, the sticking point of lithium-ion technology had always been the cost. In recent years the cost of lithium-ion has decreased due to the growth in the number of factories now producing the technology.

A second hurdle is that data centres tend to err on the side of caution sticking to what they know because why reinvent the wheel? However, with environmental considerations becoming an increasingly important factor for customers when looking for a data centre, and with the need to expand data centre facilities to support the exponential growth of data, operators must look to a smaller, more energy-dense and more efficient option.

The entry put forward to this year’s DCS Awards is for a lithium-ion battery solution installation into a test platform at Kao Data, a well-established, high-performance data centre developer/operator with facilities in Harlow, Slough, and Northolt. The installation was filmed to share real activity and demonstrate the underlining benefits of the high-tech equipment. Following the filming, the demonstration suite was opened to consultants, contractors, engineers, and other interested parties to view the data centre, technology, and quality of work.

Richard Collar, Technical Director at Kao Data commented:

“Space within a colocation data centre is a rich commodity and as a high performance operator, facilities are always looking for ways we can maximise our colocation capacity. Thanks to Power Control’s support, we’ve been able to view and test the Huawei UPS5000-H which is able to provide the power and resilience we need as a data centre operator but across a considerably reduced footprint. This is a game changing innovation in power delivery.”

Power Control’s previous triumphs at the DCS Awards also include:

2019: New Design/Build Data Centre of the Year Award with a new modular UPS installation for coolDC

2020: Data Centre Consolidation/Upgrade/Refresh project of the year with a critical power infrastructure upgrade for Amito.

2021: Energy Efficiency Innovation of the Year with a UPS installation for Service Express (previously Blue Chip)

The voting is now open and closes on the 6th of May 2022. For more information about this award entry and to vote please visit https://dcsawards.com/vote

We are looking forward to the celebrating not just the finalists and winners of awards, but all those who work in and support the data centre industry, at the DCS Award ceremony on the 26th of May 2022.

For more information, please visit www.powercontrol.co.uk, email info@powercontrol.co.uk or call the office on 01246 431431



Power Control Ltd is trusted by businesses worldwide – protecting our clients’ critical power loads and avoiding unplanned business downtime with leading uninterruptible power supply technologies is our top priority.

Whilst UPS systems form the cornerstone of Power Control Ltd, our rich history and long experience of the entire electrical path enables us to offer much more than just backup emergency power. Our product portfolio is meticulously selected so the right continuity solutions can be designed, delivered, installed and maintained for each client’s exact power protection requirements. We are authorised UPS service partners for Borri, Legrand, Huawei and CertaUPS.

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