Data centre hardware and service provider Vertiv has partnered with smart energy platform Upside Energy to allow UPS owners to sell surplus energy to the grid and cut energy costs

The primary function of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) is to provide emergency back up power for users’ data centres and uptake has been swift by businesses in need of nonstop power for critical systems.

Vertiv and Upside’s partnership will make UPS more attractive to users put off by the high cost of UPS, by providing a distributed model that generates value.

All of Vertiv’s customers will have the opportunity to opt-in to Upside’s cloud-based AI platform, which will continuously and remotely monitor users’ UPS and provide smart demand response.

Vertiv and Upside say the partnership will also enable the UK electricity grid to run more efficiently at peak times when capacity is low.

In addition, Upside’s platform will allow Vertiv users track battery and functionality, enabling comprehensive real-time monitoring.

Devrim Celal, CEO of Upside Energy, said the partnership will create ‘a revolution in the storage and distribution of energy’.

“This partnership will ensure Vertiv’s UK customers are getting the greatest return on their investment, while at the same time helping to build the smart energy network of the future,” he said.

Pritil Gunjan, senior research analyst with Navigant Research, welcomed the partnership and said the proliferation of distributed energy resources is creating a growing need for more grid energy storage.

“Importantly it also provides an opportunity for data centres and other infrastructure operators to make the important shift from being relatively passive consumers of energy to energy prosumers,” she added.