To replace the 48V Nortel 19” modular rectifier system in a major Brisbane data centre.
Equipment was 25 years old and had reached the end of its life cycle. There were no available spare parts (recycling the components from other decommissioned replaced locations) and concerns about reliability in general due to the age of the equipment.
The Field Operations & Data Centre team decided to go ahead with a replacement legacy DC Power System which was not longer serviced by the original supplier.
- Redundant DC Power System with the same form factor and with BUS bars, circuit breakers and alarms in the same position
- Changeover with minimum downtime, it means at any stage 54V and 600A of current must be kept flowing through the system
Helios manufactured a rectifier module in the same physical format as the original 19” modules, facilitating plug-in replacement of the existing modules, retaining existing Nortel frames and site infrastructure.
The aim of this approach was the ability to provide the customer with zero downtime during the replacement of the system, thus significantly reducing the cost and the risks of completely powering down the major IT infrastructure. Anyone in the industry is very well aware that once you power down equipment that runs 24/7 for years, and let it cool down, you can expect with a high degree of certainty that a portion of the equipment will not power back up.
This design required comprehensive and detailed engineering. In the electrical sense (to enable parallel operation of the old and new rectifiers during the exchange process) and as much in the mechanical part to ensure physical fit inside the frames and at the same time ensure precise mating of the bus bars making electrical connections sound which is critical for safe and reliable long-term operation.
AMP-K5840 & AMP-K5848
AMP-K5840: Battery charger system made up of six units HFE2500-48 units in a custom-made enclosure to provide 15kW of output power. Five AMP-K5840 are connected in parallel, achieving a total of 75kW. Helios design included an additional level of modularity, as each 19” module had internally six of 2.5kW pluggable sub-modules, providing N+1 redundancy on 19” module-level (12.5kW capacity vs 10kW of the original 19” module).
AMP-K5848: Remote monitoring unit used to monitor and control the 75kW Battery Charger System. The remote monitoring unit is mounted in a 3U 21″ rack case and uses TCP/IP network communication protocol.
Meeting the challenge of replacing a legacy product
Same Form Factor
The form factor is the physical layout of a component or in this specific case a Power Supply with the same mechanical footprint. The form factor is one of the factors that maintenance and field operations engineers need to take into account when facing the challenge of replacing a legacy DC Power System.
For this specific project, TPG asked to keep exactly the same power level and existing wiring, though some special features were added to bring the older technology up to date.
Same Output Terminals & Connectors
We matched the bus terminations, alarms, and digital displays. The customer emphasised this aspect as the busbar position could not be changed.
Bringing Older Technology Up to Date
Remote Monitoring Capability
Modern design with higher efficiency, bringing a reduction in running costs in direct electricity usage, as well as reduced cooling cost with the same effect, thus a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Improved communication interface, from analogue and dry contact to TCP/IP based solution.
A remote monitoring unit (AMP-K5848) was incorporated into the design in order to be able to monitor and control remotely the 75kW Battery Charger System via Ethernet. The AMP-K5848 provides the following features:
- Output Voltage
- Current Draw
- Battery Voltage & Battery current draw when running on battery
- Send email alerts
- Battery condition test
- Battery equalization
- Operation Mode (Battery & Charger Mode)