5 Ways a UPS System Can Support Farming Operations

Power Control
28 Jun 2023

Farmers face more than their fair share of uncertainty and risk, be it climate events and weather
conditions effecting crop yields, diseases among livestock, fluctuating prices in agriculture
products, financial uncertainties, or policy and regulatory changes.

One challenge that may not have been considered are unexpected power outages which can also disrupt the daily activities and lead to severe consequences for the farm, especially as farms incorporate more technology
into their operations.

Whilst most uncertainties are out of a farmers control, power outages can be avoided by
installing a backup power supply to support the farm’s critical equipment which will not only help
the farm run more smoothly but will also improve its operations and efficiency.

  1. Providing backup power
    One of the main applications of a UPS for a farm is providing backup power. Farms often
    require a constant and reliable source of power to ensure the smooth running of their
    operations. A power outage can cause major disruptions and can result in loss of productivity
    and even damage to production equipment, crops or livestock. The UPS will provide power until
    the main power source is restored, allowing the farm to continue its operations without any
    major disruptions.

  2.  Providing peak power and phase conversion
    Many new production systems like packaging and egg processing requires a 3phase electrical
    supply. This can be a challenge for farms where a 1phase supply is only available and
    upgrading the infrastructure is not practical.

    Select UPS systems can be used to provide 3phase power while running off 1phase which is
    very clever and prevents using inefficient and expensive mechanical phase converters.
    Production systems that demand high peak power can overload smaller electrical supplies. UPS
    systems can also be used to provide peak power for a period of time while still utilising a smaller
    incoming supply.

  3. Protecting sensitive farming equipment
    Farms use a wide range of equipment that is sensitive to power fluctuations and surges. These
    include computer systems, climate control systems, and irrigations systems, among many
    others. Power fluctuations and surges can cause damage to these systems, leading to costly
    repairs and downtime. A UPS can protect these sensitive systems by providing stable and
    reliable power. It will regulate the power supply, ensuring that it is clean and stable, which will
    protect the sensitive equipment and prevent any damage.

  4. Ensuring livestock safety
    Farms that have livestock require a constant and reliable source of power to ensure their safety.
    Power outages can cause disruption to climate control systems, which can result in the death of
    livestock. A UPS system can provide backup power, ensuring that the climate control systems
    are always operational, even during power outages. This will help to ensure the safety of the
    livestock and prevent illness or loss of life.

  5. Providing a clean alternative to generators
    Some farms may already have diesel generators on site without considering alternative options.Modern UPS systems can not only be a cost effective alternative but also a much more environmentally friendly alternative with no audible or air pollution.

  6. Farm shops
    Some farms have farm shops to sell produce such as milk and meat. These require constant temperature control to prevent any of it spoiling. There may also be CCTV, access control and life safety systems installed if a café is also present. These all require a backup supply of power to ensure continuity during a power failure.

When choosing a UPS for a farm, it’s essential to consider the following factors:
1. Power capacity: The UPS should have enough capacity to power the farm's essential

2. Battery backup time: The battery backup time should be sufficient to cover the expected
duration of power outages.

3. Maintenance requirements: The UPS should be easy to maintain, with accessible parts
and straightforward procedures.

4. Scalability: The UPS should be scalable to accommodate any future expansions or
upgrades to the farm's operations.

Installing an uninterruptible power supply on your farm can provide numerous benefits, including
protecting your livestock, preventing crop loss, ensuring business continuity, increasing
equipment lifespan, and improving the quality of farm produce.

When choosing a UPS, it's essential to consider factors like power capacity, battery backup time, maintenance
requirements, and scalability. By investing in a UPS, you can ensure that your farm runs
smoothly, even during unexpected power outages.

With nearly 30 years of experience working with businesses in niche sectors, Power Control has
the knowledge and confidence to offer advice and guidance on the correct UPS solution for any
size and type of farming business.

Having partnered with renowned European three phase UPS manufacturers such as Legrand and Borri SPA, and single phase manufacturer, CertaUPS, Power Control has an all-encompassing product portfolio that covers all applications across all sectors.

Contact us for a free site survey by emailing info@powercontrol.co.uk or call 01246 431 431.