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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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Will lithium-ion supply be an issue given that everyone from smartphone makers to electric car makers are rushing to lithium-ion batteries?

The price of lithium itself hasn't dropped. People are investing in mines every day. There's a lot of investment in lithium mining. The price of lithium has been going up. But the technology to actually build and put the batteries together has been dropping [in price] dramatically. So we're starting to hit that crossing point. At some point, probably within the next 12 months, we'll see some parity start to come in, at least in a managed, monitored deployment. And depending on the size and rating, it will probably be closer on large [units] before it will on small. And that's going to set us up to look at opportunities, particularly in the large [data centers] first. Because that's where some of the larger payback is.

 
 
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