Saft’s lithium-ion technology provides vital backup power for Total’s trading platform at new Singapore office

Saft’s lithium-ion technology provides vital backup power for Total’s trading platform at new Singapore office
Published: 8 October 2019 - 9:22 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Saft has supplied its renowned Flex’ion battery systems to provide backup power for the data center at energy operator Total’s new country headquarters in Singapore’s central business district.

Saft’s lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery systems will ensure business continuity for Total’s corporate and trading activities. The solution minimizes Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and enhances monitoring capabilities for the operator. Saft will design, manufacture, supply, install and commission the Li-ion battery system.

The new office, situated in the 235 meter-tall Frasers Tower in Singapore, will accommodate important business functions that require highly available power. Space is at a premium in the Grade A building and Total wanted to minimize the space required for the Li-ion battery installation.

Total selected a turnkey solution based on Saft and Socomec’s proven track record of collaboration. The solution comprises the integration of the Saft Flex’ion battery systems with Socomec’s Modulys Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system. Both components are modular and energy efficient so that the UPS can be scaled to meet additional power and energy requirements over time. The project required Saft to supply two Flex’ion 60 kVA (kilovolt-ampere) and 120 kVA Li-ion battery systems.

Both are designed to provide 10 minutes of backup time to maintain power for trading activities until the building’s backup generator powers up. The Li-ion battery systems also feature smart monitoring capability so that the company’s IT managers can monitor and analyze the condition of critical equipment.

A major advantage is that Flex’ion’s electronic battery management can be integrated with control and management systems, such as building management systems (BMS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

François Danet, Saft’s global business development manager for data centers stated: “This project positions Saft as a reputable Li-ion battery provider for the critical oil and gas trading platforms around the world now and in the coming years. It also shows the successful interface between Saft’s Flex’ion battery technology and UPS systems to fulfill data center market challenges.”

Based on Li-ion technology, Flex’ion batteries combine high energy density and a compact size to offer a long calendar life, inherently safe electrochemistry and construction, high reliability and availability. To minimize TCO the Li-ion batteries can operate at elevated temperatures, which reduces the requirement for cooling and, therefore, energy consumption.

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