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The Effect Power Outages Can Have On Your Business

The Effect Power Outages Can Have On Your Business


Many companies are generally unprepared for disruptions to their business caused by power blackouts and are unaware of the impact and costs they can incur. We’re looking into the effect power outages can have on your business and what you can do to avoid them by installing an uninterruptible power supply.


How Reliable is the UK’s Power Supply?

There is allegedly 170,000 Km of electricity cables needing maintenance in the UK, which is mainly why outages happen, though storms, floods, fires and accidents can also affect power supply. Regardless of how reliable your power supply is, there are always circumstances that can’t be predicted.

It’s expected that due to the gap between closing coal power stations, building new nuclear stations and advancements in renewable energy systems, we will start to see more power shortages in the coming years.

Recent UK Business Power Outages

A prime example of a significant accidental power outage would be from the 28th June 2017. Edinburgh Airport ground to a complete halt for 50 minutes, losing all power to the terminal buildings – leaving them with no lights, no information and planes of people stuck on the runway. The reason for this outage wasn’t confirmed but it was suggested to be down to a high power supply failing and knocking out the main supply; an expensive problem when customer compensation comes into play.

Another baffling example is from back in December 2016, when 1,100 customers in Huntingdon lost power for almost two hours. The reason for this outage was down to a squirrel on the power line, which unexpectedly turned itself into a bridge for the power to reach the earth.

You can never be prepared for a power outage, especially as not all of them are caused by logical things – sometimes there’s just a fried squirrel causing chaos.

The Cost of Power Loss to Businesses

An average power cut in the UK lasts for 50 minutes. It’s not a large amount of time but it’s estimated for every hour of downtime a small business loses £800.

You can see how this can be damaging when you consider the number of power cuts the UK faces and is looking to face in the future.

Larger companies are set to lose a lot more. It’s reported that Google was losing £100K a minute when the power went down in 2013.

The reasons behind these losses vary from company to company, from employees not being able to talk to clients resulting in them losing sales, through to e-commerce websites going down and missing customers, or creative agencies unable to get their systems online, losing valuable hours of chargeable working time.

There is also the risk of data loss when it comes to power cuts. Imagine losing an entire days work because your server had its power interrupted. Even worse, imagine losing years of data from the same occurrence.

Some other risks are less obvious to businesses, things like loss of air conditioning and alarm systems, right down to specialised equipment being damaged after being turned off abruptly.


How to Avoid Power Outage Problems with An Uninterrupted Power Supply


Having an uninterruptible power supply can ensure you don’t have any problems when there is a power outage. The runtime on an uninterrupted power supply system without a backup generator is anywhere between 10 minutes and an hour, depending on the model. While this may not seem like a staggering amount of time, it’s enough to save work and ensure a business can operate non-digitally until power is up and running. Opting for a UPS with a backup generator will ensure that power continues for a much longer period of time.


Custom Uninterruptible Power Supply


We create bespoke rugged uninterruptible power supply systems here at Celab. Our systems ensure that the effect power outages have on your business is minimal to none, including reducing the risk of revenue, data or time loss when these occurrences happen.


If you want more information or to talk about your requirements please call us on 01420 477 011 or email at