Power Control Named Finalist in DCS Awards 2022

Power Control
01 Apr 2022

For the fourth time in succession, critical power solutions specialist, Power Control Ltd, has been named finalists in the distinguished DCS Awards. In the 2022 awards, Power Control has been named in three categories for their Lithium-ion installation at Kao Data:


  • Data Centre Sustainability Project of The Year
  • Data Centre Sustainability Innovation of The Year
  • Data Centre Power Innovation of The Year


Following a win in the Energy Efficiency Innovation of the Year category at the 2021 DCS Awards, Power Control has continued to provide innovative and efficient critical power solutions for the data centre industry, including services that build trust in emerging technologies that will help data centres to achieve their sustainability goals.

One such technology is lithium-ion. After its emergence into the UPS markets a few years ago, uptake has been steady. Up until recently, the sticking point of lithium-ion technology had always been the cost. In recent years the cost of lithium-ion has decreased due to the growth in the number of factories now producing the technology.

A second hurdle is that data centres tend to err on the side of caution sticking to what they know because why reinvent the wheel? However, with environmental considerations becoming an increasingly important factor for customers when looking for a data centre, and with the need to expand data centre facilities to support the exponential growth of data, operators must look to a smaller, more energy-dense and more efficient option.

The entry put forward to this year’s DCS Awards is for a lithium-ion battery solution installation into a test platform at Kao Data, a well-established, high-performance data centre developer/operator with facilities in Harlow, Slough, and Northolt. The installation was filmed to share real activity and demonstrate the underlining benefits of the high-tech equipment. Following the filming, the demonstration suite was opened to consultants, contractors, engineers, and other interested parties to view the data centre, technology, and quality of work.

Richard Collar, Technical Director at Kao Data commented:

"Space within a colocation data centre is a rich commodity and as a high performance operator, facilities are always looking for ways we can maximise our colocation capacity. Thanks to Power Control’s support, we’ve been able to view and test the Huawei UPS5000-H which is able to provide the power and resilience we need as a data centre operator but across a considerably reduced footprint. This is a game changing innovation in power delivery.”