LeCroy Center Purchases SatCon UPS System

December 26, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

SatCon Technology Corp. (Cambridge, MA) announced that the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications on the Richland College campus in Dallas, TX, has purchased SatCon's 250kW (315kVA) rotary uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system to provide power conditioning and backup power to protect its distance learning data center against power outages. The UPS unit will be used to back up the e-Campus system to ensure that over 80,000 on-line students can continue their on-line classes in the event of an electrical power outage.

"Universities are major users of computational electronics and often have large data centers. Many offer on-line learning as well," said David Eisenhaure, SatCon president and chief executive officer. "The need for reliable power at universities nationwide represents a major market opportunity for SatCon. Current UPS systems are primarily battery-based, which come with a variety of problems, including maintenance costs, reliability, hazardous chemicals and a shorter life span than we predict for our rotary UPS systems. This makes our UPS an attractive alternative to university customers."