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Q&A: Eaton's Del Misenheimer On Moving Forward In A Sea Of Data Center Power Changes

Eaton's Power Quality division top executive Del Misenheimer discussed some of the top issues that will challenge data center power partners, including the coming switch to new battery technology and the impact of software on how data centers use power.

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How will Eaton bring lithium-ion batteries to the data center?

We're looking at multiple vendors. And if you look, there's certain companies that do certain chemistries around lithium-ion.

The number one issue around lithium is safety. No one wants the Samsung incident. There are different grades of lithium. We use a lithium iron phosphate type, not a cobalt-based lithium. It's not as compact and dense in energy terms, but it's still much greater than lead acid. But it also doesn't have some of the runaway temperature issues. [Lithium-ion battery use] will vary depending on the different market segments, and then the overall payback justifications.

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