Active Power, Inc.: Order from Tesco

Company to Deliver Containerised Power Systems for Data Centre Protection

AUSTIN, Texas-- Active Power, Inc., inventor and manufacturer of the most energy-efficient critical power systems in the world, has received an order from Tesco PLC, one of Europe’s largest retailers, for two of its PowerHouse containerised power systems. Each PowerHouse contains a full continuous power system suitable to protect the load at this mission critical data centre located north of London. The international grocery and general merchandising retail chain will deploy both containerised power systems to protect the company’s data centre against power sags, fluctuations and outages. The systems are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2008.

“Tesco needed to increase their power capacity onsite, but is space constrained which is common, particularly among data centre operators in the UK,” said Jim Murphy, vice president of Sales EMEA for Active Power. “Our containerised system aligns extremely well with what Tesco is trying to accomplish at their data centre facility and also company wide. Tesco is committed to reducing its energy consumption, aiming to halve energy use by 2010 against a baseline of 2000. The deployment of Active Power’s energy efficient, battery free UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems will help them achieve that goal. The two UPS systems Tesco will deploy shall save enough energy to power 196 average households and displace as much as 1,586 tons of CO2 emissions each year.”

Tesco will replace two 800 kVA conventional battery based UPS systems currently in place with two of Active Power’s PowerHouse systems, each container made up of one CleanSource® UPS 1500iC system, switchgear, a 1900 kVA diesel generator and fuel tanks. The containers will be positioned beside the existing data centre facility. Both containers will be manufactured offsite which will ensure minimal disruption at the Tesco facility and pose less risk to day-to-day business operations.

Active Power’s flywheel based UPS systems lend themselves very well to containerisation – as the system only consumes about one quarter the footprint as compared to a conventional battery based system. The system is also rugged and can operate in an environment with wide temperatures swings (0 to 40 degrees Celsius), which is not possible for systems with a sensitive chemical composition. PowerHouse is a turnkey continuous power system housed in a container. The systems can meet a customer’s need for rapid deployment, disaster recovery, temporary system support or for modular infrastructure expansion as in Tesco’s case.

About Active Power

Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW - News) provides efficient, reliable and green critical power solutions and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to enable business continuity in the event of power disturbances. Founded in 1992, Active Power’s flywheel-based UPS systems protect critical operations in data centres, healthcare facilities, manufacturing plants, broadcast stations and governmental agencies in more than 40 countries. Active Power also offers CoolAir, the only solution that provides both backup power and backup cooling. With expert power system engineers and worldwide services and support, Active Power ensures organizations have the power to perform. For more information, please visit

Active Power, CleanSource and CoolAir are registered trademarks of Active Power, Inc. The Active Power logo, PowerHouse and PowerCentre are trademarks of Active Power, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.


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Chief Financial Officer
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Source: Active Power, Inc.

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