As one of the world's leading companies in the development, manufacture and sale of first-class generic pharmaceuticals, Actavis needed consistent, clean power to manufacture its oncology drugs. Founded in 1956, the Actavis Group has more than 10,000 employees operating in over 40 countries around the globe. Actavis offers its customers a wide range of affordable and high quality generic drugs, covering all relevant therapeutic classes. Actavis Group's portfolio includes over 830 products with over 10,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs). In its ‘Center for Excellence’ division in Bucharest, Romania, Actavis, operating through well-known acquired entity Sindan Pharma, produces and sells its oncology products for distribution throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S. In order to be in compliance with international health and drug regulatory agencies, Actavis must demonstrate that its generic pharmaceuticals are “bioequivalent” performing in the same manner as brand drugs. This strict adherence is a critical requirement for operations and delivering the highest grade products. Any glitch in the manufacturing process can cause havoc with meeting these requirements. For its Bucharest plant, Actavis has multiple connections to several of the city’s medium-voltage lines and two power transformers. For critical low voltage lines, electricity is supplied from the general electrical power station into the plant. If there is a power issue, power is automatically switched to an alternative city network power line. However, this switching process can take up to 10 seconds causing momentary power gaps. These gaps in power can abruptly stop Actavis’ clean room equipment, lab processes and other mission-critical power dependent manufacturing systems. If power is lost, Actavis can lose parts or even a full production batch of pharmaceuticals that can cost hundreds of thousands of euros if not properly mitigated. Actavis installed 20kVA to 40kVA battery-based uninterruptible power systems (UPSs). “The UPSs were not protecting all the critical loads, and we found that whenever they were needed, they were not working,” said Bogdan Oghina, general manager of Sindan Pharma. “Dead batteries and burned out fans preventing the proper functioning of the UPS’ inverters-rectifiers were just some of the problems we encountered.” As a result, Oghina set out to find a more reliable and trustworthy power solution. In his search, he learned about flywheels and turned to VYCON® for a more dependable power protection solution. Not only was VYCON able to solve the power protection issues, the VDC-XE flywheel system was able to be placed underground in Actavis’ small power room due to its small footprint and ability to operate within harsh environments. “Flywheel technology will save us money by providing clean, reliable power for 15 to 20 years compared to the typical battery-driven technology life cycle of five to seven years,” said Oghina.
Each year, some 250,000 patients and their families use the services of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. This 550-bed adult medical-surgical teaching hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School is known for its surgical and clinical expertise. Tyrone Dell the Plant Manager for BIDMC designed the 7,000 square-foot data center for the Renaissance Center, which is located 1.5 miles from BIDMC’s hospital campus. A smaller data center (3,000 square feet) is housed at the main campus. Despite growing electronic demand, BIDMC’s two data centers have reduced utility consumption by consolidating servers, replacing older, less energy efficient devices, and reconfiguring equipment. The data center supports all of the vital clinical systems that need computers to schedule and serve patients, access medical records, as well as support the pharmacy, laboratory, chemotherapy suite and operating rooms. After a power outage affected operations at BIDMC, the hospital’s two data centers needed a reliable and sustainable power back-up system. “If our computers went down, we couldn’t schedule someone for surgery,” Dell said. “If a power outage occurred for a prolonged period of time, we might have to detour patients to other hospitals.” To assure the highest level of power backup, reduce the data centers’ carbon footprint, save on space, reduce expensive cooling, weight and maintenance costs, Dell chose two of the VYCON Direct Connect (VDC) systems to backup his parallel 225kVA uninterruptible power systems (UPSs). “The flywheel technology is probably the project with the most pizzazz, as it is new to the scene in our medical center,” said John Powers, Vice President of Information Systems. “It has worked well for us in reducing our reliance on environmentally unfriendly lead-acid batteries.”
Delta Dental of Michigan has been passionate about making dental coverage accessible to employers, groups, and individuals since the 1950s. In 2008, the enterprise paid out more than $2.1 billion for dental care for more than 6.6 million enrollees. The computer systems that handle claims processing, email systems, document storage, records retention and online activities for enrollees, groups, providers, employees and the public are all handled at the company’s new data center. In order to meet its ongoing uptime needs, Delta Dental just put in place a state-of-the-art data center that has earned the distinction of being one of only 19 sites worldwide to earn a Tier III design rating from the Uptime Institute™. The Institute’s tier system evaluates data centers based on their ability to remain up and running despite damaging power failures, natural disasters or other potential power outage challenges. If Delta Dental experiences a power outage, there could be a loss in worker productivity and reputation. If the outage is prolonged, penalties may have to be paid to customers for missing service level agreements. “If systems were improperly shutdown, it could result in corrupt data and other system failures,” said Delta Dental’s Data Center Manager Christian Briggs. In the event of a power brownout or blackout, the new data center’s dual 500kVA Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems activate automatically, leveling any dips in the power stream. They also keep the power flowing until the diesel-powered generators fire up or emergency backup systems begin. In such situations, four 300kW VYCON Direct Connect (VDC) energy storage systems will carry the load and make a graceful handoff to the generator if the power does not resume in time. Briggs describes the flywheel technology as a sophisticated spinning top capable of generating enough energy to run the data center while backup electrical systems activate. Crucial to the power configuration, the VYCON flywheels are the first line of defense against any incoming power variations and help to prolong the life of the UPS’ batteries. A major consideration for Briggs was that by front ending the batteries with the VDC, the flywheel will cover the majority of discharges, and thus, extend the life of the batteries. This is important as every time a battery cycles the battery’s life is shortened.
Located in Beaverton, Oregon, EasyStreet recently built a new Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS 70) Type II audited data center, and also finished an energy-saving retrofit to its first data center. EasyStreet played a pioneering role in developing the Oregon Department of Energy’s expertise in the area of efficient data center design. Through careful planning and implementation of energy-smart technologies and systems, EasyStreet estimates that it will be able to save 1,532,634 kilowatts a year – enough energy to power 153 average households. For EasyStreet, building a new data center meant looking at all the green technologies available, and reliability was always the number one consideration. Power outages, if not remedied, can cost organizations thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, every minute computing systems go down. Jon Crowhurst, Director of Technical Services for EasyStreet, was entrusted with the task of finding a reliable power backup system that was low maintenance, energy efficient and green. When it came to energy storage, Crowhurst looked to VYCON to learn more about its clean energy storage systems. An important consideration of implementing flywheels is that they had to be able to work with double-conversion UPSs. The VYCON Direct Connect (VDC) units were the perfect fit as they easily pair with highly efficient, double-conversion UPS systems. As EasyStreet’s new data center becomes more populated and energy demands increase, Crowhurst will add more UPSs and VDC systems. “The end stage is three UPSs with 18 flywheels total,” envisions Crowhurst. “Reliability, sustainability and having a low carbon footprint are part of the ethos of our company. This vision with actual energy savings allows us to save money, which translates to saving our customers money – it’s a great win-win.”
Gambro was founded in Sweden in 1964 and has production facilities in nine countries with sales in more than 100 countries. Today, the company employees 8,000 people around the globe. For decades, Gambro has been first to the market with many groundbreaking innovations. By designing and delivering solutions to dialysis clinics and intensive care units, Gambro offers not just improved treatment quality, but also improved efficiency. Gambro is one of three companies in the world that meets the demand of the dialyzer, also known as an artificial kidney. Any disruption in the sophisticated and automated manufacturing process can result in an eight to 10-hour clean-up and restart process - not acceptable when patients need this life saving device. When the manufacturing process goes down, it’s usually due to a power problem from the local utility. David Ganus, Facilities Engineer for Gambro Renal Products, needed to have a power system in place that could mitigate the frequent power disturbances from the local utility provider that frequently switches from one grid to another. To assure processes continue to run smoothly, Gambro depends on efficient uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) as well as the clean energy storage solution of the VYCON Direct Connect (VDC) flywheel. Due to the flywheels very quick response time to power anomalies and the fact that 99 percent of the power disturbances Gambro experiences only last seconds, a UPS with flywheel backup was the perfect solution. The VDC-XE units work seamlessly with energy-efficient three-phase UPS units, but take up a third of the room of comparably-sized batteries. “Since we’ve had the UPS and flywheels in place, we’ve experienced several voltage sags from the utility. The UPS and flywheels have performed exactly how they’re supposed to,” said Ganus.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. The hospital and its staff strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs. As a leading pediatric orthopedic center, the hospital has treated more than 210,000 children since its inception and has more than 40,000 clinic visits each year. Selected as one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Reports, the hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to care, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of each child and family. With its specialty of orthopedics, great care and attention is paid to the hospital’s Imaging Suite, ensuring that the Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI) and Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning systems are fully operational 24/7. The hospitals imaging equipment includes a state-of-the-art CT scanner and MRI scanner housed in the hospitals Seay/Pickens MRI Center. A main objective for the Engineering Department Director John Coté is to make sure the imaging equipment, 64-slice Phillips Brilliance CT and Signa HDxT 1.5 MRI, operates at peak performance levels around the clock. TSRHC was experiencing power sags and surges that would cause costly shutdowns of its imaging equipment. These power burnouts, surges and outages can have devastating effects on MRI equipment, especially to its refrigeration system. These issues led Coté to implement flywheels over batteries. To mitigate unstable power, Coté and his team depend on a three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and two 300kW VYCON Direct Connect (VDC) flywheel systems to deliver clean, reliable power to the imaging suite. If there is a power outage or if the power coming from the utility is unstable, the UPS will generate smooth high-quality power from the flywheels. “We are pleased with the flywheel’s performance. The green aspects of the flywheels were of interest to us. Not having to deal with batteries was a plus. By incorporating flywheels as the energy storage part of the UPS, the hospital has saved time and money, but more importantly, is delivering predictable operation of our imaging suite for our special little patients,” said Coté.
Trinity Health is a nationwide non-profit healthcare system and an industry leader in electronic medical records (EMR). As the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the United States, Trinity Health is devoted to patients and strives for superior care, serving communities through a network of 46 acute-care hospitals, 379 outpatient facilities, 31 long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice programs in nine states. Trinity Health draws on over 140 years of experience as well as state-of-the-art technology in 19 data centers throughout the country to keep operations running smoothly. EMR is the driving force behind Trinity’s large IT infrastructure, and extreme diligence in maintaining continuous operating power to health facilities is paramount. If there is a glitch in the IT infrastructure, medical records could be lost, diagnostic outcomes scrubbed or prescriptions altered. Keeping the computer servers up and running is a priority – regardless the state of the incoming utility power. Typically in a data center, power protection comes in the form of a battery-based uninterruptible power supply (UPS). If there is a power outage or if the power coming in from the utility is unstable, the UPS will generate power from lead-acid batteries until the power comes back on or the generator comes online. Unfortunately, lead-acid batteries degrade every time they are cycled (used) and one bad cell in the battery bank can take out the others, rendering equipment useless. Trinity Health could no longer rely on UPS batteries alone to keep its network up and running during power disturbances as the batteries - even longer life batteries - required continual replacement. David J. Filas, LEED GA, Data Center Engineer for Trinity, turned to the proven reliability of VYCON Direct Connect (VDC) flywheels, which are the first line of defense against costly power problems, protecting connected equipment and prolonging the life of the batteries. “VYCON’s flywheel systems are the most efficient and effective solution on the market,” said Filas.
Virtua Health headquartered in Marlton, NJ employs 7,450 clinical and administrative personnel and 2,100 physicians that serve as medical staff members. The data center is one of the first Six Sigma organizations in healthcare and has been honored twice with the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Clinical Excellence and recognized with the Leadership Award for Outstanding Achievement by Voluntary Hospitals of America. With excellence in healthcare being their highest priority, Virtua doesn’t take any chances with losing power – especially for their data center. In the spring of 2007, the Northeast experienced a slate of power outages due to storms, and needed a reliable backup power solution to help keep their data center up and running. To assure the highest level of power backup and save on space, weight, and UPS battery maintenance costs, Chas Thawley, Virtua’s Network Services Manager, chose VYCON Direct Connect (VDC) clean energy storage systems to provide continuous ride through power. The flywheel instantly responded holding the power up until the facilities’ generator started. “An unexpected power outage can cause a number of issues and problems, but VYCON’s flywheel system kicked in just as expected and maintained the power for our systems. This technology will save Virtua money by providing clean, reliable power for 15 to 20 years compared to the typical battery-driven technology life cycle of three to four years,” said Thawley.
Primarily funded by viewers and the state of Alabama, the nine-station network presents local and PBS-produced programming, community outreach activities and online services for residents and educators. The station is also responsible for broadcasting emergencies, so extra precautions are taken to assure its transmitter and associated electronic systems are up and running despite the state of incoming electricity. Located in the Gulf Shore hurricane zone, Alabama Public Television’s (APT) broadcast engineers know firsthand the constant challenges of protecting a myriad of master control switchers, transmitters, cameras, amplifiers, editing bays, servers, RAID storage systems and other critical systems during catastrophic weather conditions. Transmission systems are notoriously difficult to protect against power anomalies because of their sensitivity to even the smallest disruption. Still, at the same time, they require high power to feed large transmitters. However, broadcast engineers are finding that adding the VYCON energy storage systems into the power continuity design significantly enhances reliability, increases green initiatives and lowers the total cost of UPS ownership. The VYCON Direct Connect (VDC) flywheel provides backup power seamlessly and instantaneously to Alabama Public Television’s transmission equipment. Windell Wood, Director of Engineering, opting to eliminate UPS batteries altogether, chose the VDC to provide instant power to the connected load. “Since we installed the three-phase UPS along with VYCON’s VDC flywheel, we have been completely protected against power outages, which we experience here about twice a month,” said Wood.