Evaluation of UPS for intersection traffic signals with LEDs: findings for Alpha Novus 1000 UPS

Madhav V. Chitturi, R. F. Benekohal

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Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems are used to power the intersection traffic signals that have Light Emitting Diode (LED) signal modules, in case of a power failure. The objective of this study was to test the Novus 1000 UPS manufactured by Alpha Technologies and verify if it meets the Illinois DOT’s specification for UPS. Multiple tests with full load (approximately 700 W) and partial loads (flashing reds with about 350W) were conducted at room temperature to determine charge and discharge times. The time to fully charge the batteries was on average 16hrs 37min. The UPS powered a full load for 3hrs 27mins. When powering a full load, the UPS took 1hr 56min to reach 40% battery level. After reaching the 40% level, the UPS powered the flashing reds for 3hr 30min. Alpha Novus 1000 UPS meets the majority of the IDOT Specification requirements. It has two major and some minor shortcomings that can be corrected to satisfy all IDOT Specification requirements. The major shortcomings of this model are: this model does not have a NO and NC contact closure for indicating inverter/charger failure. The manufacturer gives a 16 hr burn-in period to each unit.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationUrbana, Ill
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
StatePublished - 2003

Publication series

NameTraffic Operations Lab Series

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