Report: Uninterruptible power supply poised for growth

Pike Research predicts UPS will grow from a $3.4 billion worldwide industry in 2011 to a $4.8 billion industry in 2016, perhaps making blackouts or power surges a thing of the past.

Commercial buildings are poised to invest heavily in UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) to protect the computers and servers within, according to Pike Research. Pike Research

Say goodbye to those impromptu panic attacks when faced with blackouts or power surges affecting your servers at work.

Such interruptions in power will become obsolete as more commercial buildings, looking to actively manage energy consumption, invest in uninterruptible power supplies to protect computers and servers.

That's according the latest research report from Pike Research titled "Energy Storage in Commercial Buildings."

The uninterruptible power supply (UPS) industry includes any intermediary device used between the public grid and electronic devices being protected from interruptions like power failures, small surges, or brownouts.

UPS is poised to grow from a $3.4 billion worldwide industry in 2011 to a $4.8 billion industry in 2016, according to Pike Research.

In particular, the report says that ice-based thermal-energy storage (TES) rooftop units will see big growth. In North America alone, TES units are expected to grow from a $12 million industry in 2011 to $123 million industry by 2016.

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