Keele University chooses Vertiv for energy-efficient data center power protection


Vertiv ( (NYSE: VRT), a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has been selected by Keele University ( in Staffordshire, UK, to provide an energy-efficient uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and battery backup. The new solutions replace aging equipment in its data centers, and Vertiv expects them to play an important role in the University’s institution-wide decarbonization strategy.

Keele University is a long-time Vertiv customer, and the relationship has been recognized by industry experts in the 2022 DCS Awards (, where the partnership received the Data Center Sustainability Project of the Year award. With this new agreement, Vertiv will replace the University’s aging UPS with a new scalable, efficient and space-saving solution. Vertiv will also provide a modular battery solution to help maintain stability of power supplies during outages and out-of-specification power inputs, enabling efficient management of renewable energy generated on site.

Over the past six years, Keele University has invested over £1.2 million to reduce its carbon emissions and is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. As well as hosting the Britain’s first trial of blending hydrogen into a gas grid and testing new smart energy technologies, the University now produces its own renewable energy on site, through solar and wind farms that supply electricity to a mini-grid in the campus. From a power distribution point of view, the campus operates like a small town. Keele University’s need was to minimize losses when energy is transferred from the grid to the UPS and to the IT load, and to benefit from a new generation of batteries.

As part of a plan to modernize the University’s two data centers, the Keele team will leverage the Vertiv™ Liebert® MPA ( UPS with a capacity of 400 kVA in N+1 configuration. The new UPS offers a reliable double-conversion power topology that uses an innovative transformerless design, resulting in power efficiencies of 96% that can be improved to 99% using ECO mode. Importantly, the new UPS offers more capacity in a smaller footprint, and each of the new units utilizes a modular, scalable configuration with auxiliary cabinets designed to save space and cost compared to previous configurations.

Vertiv will also replace an aging lead-acid battery bank in the open with modern, rack-mounted, self-contained battery cabinets. New battery modules can be added or replaced without disruption or risk to connected equipment, when the UPS is not running on battery power. Each battery module has monitoring and controls that isolate it in the event of a battery failure. Battery strings are connected in parallel to provide autonomy and/or redundancy.

Alex Goffe, Associate Director of Operations and Infrastructure at Keele University, commented: “It is no exaggeration to say that our partnership with Vertiv is critical to the University’s mission. Sustainability is built into everything we do at Keele, and the new inverters and battery modules will play a crucial role in achieving our energy saving ambitions. They will also help ensure business continuity across the facility.

“The scalable nature of the new inverter gives us a high degree of flexibility. If there is a need for growth in the future, we can add power modules in the chassis to expand the system power capacity.

Alex Brew, Country Director for Vertiv UK and Ireland, said: “By leveraging our digital infrastructure solutions, Keele University can continue to be ahead of the game in energy efficiency. Keele is already a valued Vertiv customer, and we are excited to help the institution continue its journey towards realizing its ambitious data center plans and institution-wide decarbonization strategy.

To learn more about Vertiv’s work with Keele University, read the case study at this link (

Distributed by APO Group for Vertiv.

Zenab Abbas
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Rania El Rafie
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About Vertiv:
Vertiv (NYSE: VRT) brings together ongoing hardware, software, analytics and services to enable its customers’ mission-critical applications to run continuously, perform optimally and grow with their business needs. Vertiv solves the biggest challenges facing today’s data centers, communications networks, and commercial and industrial facilities with a portfolio of power, cooling, and IT infrastructure solutions and services that extends from the cloud to the network edge. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Vertiv employs approximately 24,000 people and does business in more than 130 countries. For more information, and for the latest news and content from Vertiv, visit

About Keele University:
Founded in 1949, Keele University ( is one of the largest university universities in the UK, with over 10,000 students studying on a beautiful 600-acre estate in Staffordshire, with local NHS partners, and across the world. Keele sets the standard for teaching excellence, with some of the nation’s most satisfied students, and the University’s research aims to improve lives and address the most pressing challenges in the region, country and the world.

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