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Canara and Saft announce partnership to provide lithium technology for mission critical facilities

This alliance offers the highest levels of reliability, safety, and availability, and optimized battery management to data centers

PARIS, April 26, 2018 – Canara, the trusted leader in critical power analytics and facility management services and Saft, a world leader in advanced lithium-ion technology backup battery solutions today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership. This new strategic partnership brings safe, reliable, purpose-built Super Lithium Iron Phosphate (SLFPTM) proprietary battery technology to data centers.

View the original press release on saftbatteries.com

Saft’s Flex'ion™ battery system is designed for high-power UPS applications in data centers and mission-critical facilities in the telecom, oil, gas and utility markets. The battery system features a reduced footprint, with one-third of the volume and one-sixth of the weight compared to lead-acid designs, 10 times more cycle life and maintenance-free cells, while providing 20 years calendar life.

“All lithium-ion chemistries are not created equal and it is important to select the specification that best meets the needs of your application. We designed the Flex’ionTM system with power density, long life and safety as the three most important factors to meet the data center market needs,” said Guy Ragault, General Manager at Saft North America. “With Canara as our partner, we are able to offer our proven SLFPTM technology to some of the largest data centers in the world.”

“Canara is excited to be one of Saft’s selected partners. The relationship allows us to keep our customers updated on the latest battery technologies and help them transition from VLRA to lithium technology when appropriate," said Tom Mertz, CEO of Canara.

Lithium-ion technology is well suited for data center UPS, ancillary power backup and switchgear applications which typically involve temperature controlled environments, high power density requirements and installations where lightweight, small footprint and low consumption are at a premium.

In addition to the physical benefits of Flex’ionTM lithium-ion battery system, monitoring hardware capabilities are embedded at the battery, module and cabinet level. Canara’s hardware-agnostic analytics and monitoring platform can easily interface with Saft’s system and closely monitor the performance of each battery to ensure uptime and to achieve optimum service life. “Our platform and expertise not only focuses on uptime and safety but ensures our customer’s batteries are properly monitored and maintained according to Saft’s specific guidelines and recommended maintenance,” said Chris Oberkfell, COO of Canara.

About Saft
Saft specializes in advanced technology battery solutions for industry, from the design and development to the production, customization and service provision. For nearly 100 years, Saft’s longer-lasting batteries and systems have provided critical safety applications, backup power and propulsion for our customers. Our innovative, safe and reliable technology delivers high performance in space, at sea, in the air and on land. Saft is powering industry and smarter cities, while providing critical backup functionality in remote and harsh environments from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara Desert. Saft is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total. www.saftbatteries.com
About Canara
With over 20 years of experience in the data center industry, Canara is a leading provider of predictive analytics and battery asset management services. Canara Critical Power Analytics helps data centers across the globe maximize uptime and ensure efficient asset management of critical backup power systems. Canara Battery Services offers full turnkey battery services. Together, Canara's seasoned team of critical power analysts and field services team provide unmatched visibility and intelligence into essential operations in order to detect potential threats, prevent problems and protect assets. Headquartered in Atlanta and with a West Coast hub in San Rafael, California, Canara’s customers include leading global companies such as Cologix, Cyxtera, Digital Realty Trust, Equinix, and Fidelity Investments. For more information, please visit www.canara.com and follow @Canara on Twitter.