Eaton celebrated two victories in the first-ever Top Tier Products Awards. The company’s 5P lithium-ion UPS surpassed the competition and was named the winning product in the UPS/Flywheels category. 
The initial research and design process for the 5P began in 2015.  At the time, lithium-ion batteries for UPS applications were rarely available in the market, so Eaton took the initiative to evaluate various battery manufacturers and chemistries for the intended application. Moreover, careful selection of the cell chemistry and design of the battery management system (BMS) was employed to prioritize safety, performance, and compliance (UN38.3, IEC 62133, IEC 62619, UL 1998, UL 1973, and UL 1642).   
New supply chain procedures and processes were created to distribute this rack-mountable lithium-ion UPS to customers while providing mechanisms for warranty returns and replacements prior to bringing the product to market. Additionally, Eaton partnered with Call2Recycle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to battery recycling.
Compared to the original 5P platform, the 5P lithium-ion UPS boasts enhanced capabilities, including an advanced, on-board battery management system (BMS) that provides up-to-date insights into battery performance, charge cycles, health status, and active temperature monitoring to keep users informed. The UPS also provides remote monitoring and management with the optional industry-first UL 2900-1- and IEC 62443-4-2-compliant Eaton Gigabit Network Card, designed to enhance uptime and protect against cyber threats.
“Gartner recently classified five types of edge environments — the regional data center, local data center, compute, gateway, and device edge — emphasizing the various environments in which lithium-ion technology can be beneficial,” said Goforth. “Expect expanded lithium-ion UPS offerings in the future from Eaton as the market continues to adopt this new technology to better meet the needs of today.”