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Five Impacts of Power Disruption You Need to Consider

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While businesses are all too aware of the current energy price crisis gripping UK energy markets, it isn’t the only energy-related problem many are having to deal with. A combination of factors is steadily increasing the risk of British businesses experiencing power disruption, ranging from momentary dips or surges in voltage to prolonged power cuts.

While the impact of a blackout might be more obvious, even what seem like minor power disruptions can have a significant negative impact. Here we take a closer look at some of the ways that your site could be impacted by power disruption.

1

Loss of Revenue

Lost revenue due to power disruption can come in a variety of forms, but almost any industrial or commercial business can be impacted by it. Power disruption can significantly impact on, delay or outright prevent your organisation fulfilling the needs of your customers. This can include lost productivity or spoiled raw materials for manufacturers, disrupted operating times for retail and leisure, and unfulfilled or delayed orders for a wide range of businesses.

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Damaged or Disrupted Equipment

Even momentary power outages can result in damage to critical, sensitive equipment. Computer equipment and digital controls can be damaged if not properly shut down, while sensitive circuit boards can risk being damaged when power is restored and surges back into equipment. Even minor changes in voltage can be enough to trip PLCs or digitised systems, turning a momentary power disruption into a prolonged, damaging outage as they need time to reset.

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Lost Data

Even for sites that already have Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in place, this is frequently used to protect critical infrastructure that may not include computers and data servers. An unexpected shutdown can result in the loss of critical data that may not be retrievable. The steady increase of digitisation means that while businesses benefit from a growing wealth of valuable data and insight, they are also severely impacted if that data is compromised.

4

Reputational Damage

A study by Deloitte found that reputational damage is the most significant strategic concern for surveyed C-suite executives. Power disruption can impact on your organisation’s reputation in a number of ways, including damaging your relationships with key customers due to delays and missed deadlines. For consumer-facing businesses, failing to implement an effective net zero strategy is rapidly becoming one of the biggest factors that can compromise your company reputation.

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Compromised Sustainability

Implementing power resilience technologies such as UPS batteries or backup generators can help to ensure your site continues to function in the case of a major power disruption, but they can also undermine your efforts towards achieving net zero. UPS can significantly increase your site’s power consumption, while even cleaner forms of backup generation such as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) run off fossil fuels, typically diesel.

Powerstar provides power resilience technologies that not only protect your entire site from the risk of disruption, but also actively contributes towards reducing your energy costs and improving sustainability. Our Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) provides site-wide UPS while offering a range of additional power management and flexibility options to support net zero objectives. This includes buffering on-site generation or allowing power to be purchased when prices are lower and stored to be used during peak periods. Voltage regulation can also help to prevent minor fluctuations in voltage from impacting on your operations, ensuring your equipment is provided with constant, conditioned levels of power whilst simultaneously reducing electricity bills and carbon emissions.

Contact us now to find out more about how Powerstar can protect your business from the risk of power disruption

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