50th anniversary of AEG Power Solutions Netherlands

AEG Power Solutions is proud of its long and eventful history that began over 125 years ago with the creation of AEG corporation by Emil Rathenau. To honor its affiliate’s 50th Anniversary in the Netherlands, AEG PS will be running numerous celebratory activities in the coming months throughout their social media channels to commemorate their 5 decades in the Netherlands. AEG Power Solutions invites you to join in on the milestone celebrations, by showing us where AEG PS’ products secure your power in real life – 50 years and beyond.

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Securing Power in the 2300's

Extraterrestrial Life Forms 

គ្មាននរណាម្នាក់ បានជឿនៅឆ្នាំចុងក្រោយនៃសតវត្សទីដប់ប្រាំបួនដែលពិភពលោកនេះត្រូវបានគេត្រូវបានមើលយ៉ាងដិតដល់និងយ៉ាងខ្លាំងធំជាងដោយស៊ើបការណ៍របស់បុរសនោះនិងនៅឡើយទេដែលជាជីវិតរមែងស្លាប់ជារបស់ខ្លួន; ថាជាបុរសខ្លួនឯងផ្ទាល់ busied អំពីកង្វល់នានារបស់ខ្លួនពួកគេត្រូវបានពិនិត្យយ៉ាងល្អិតល្អន់និងបានសិក្សា, ប្រហែលជាស្ទើរតែដូចជាតូចចង្អៀតជាបុរសម្នាក់ជាមួយមីក្រូទស្សន៍អាចពិនិត្យពិច័យសត្វបណ្ដោះអាសន្នដែលរុំព័ទ្ធនិងការធ្លាក់ចុះនៃគុណក្នុងទឹក។ --HG ជីអណ្តូង

 
 
 
Earth 2 

Let’s imagine! In 2300 new life-friendly planets are explored and mankind spreads out to find new destinations for the earth’s growing population. One of the first things to implement in the base camp is a reliable power supply for life supporting, scientific and medical equipment. The equipment has to be adapted to the new energy sources.

 
 
 

Securing Power in the 2030's

Logistics 

What could be a scenario for our near future? Will consumer approach have evolved to mass customization, a combination of low unit costs and mass production processes with the flexibility of individual customization? Here, customers do not only buy online but specify, or tailor their own products. E-Commerce grows. Small businesses cooperate on one common platform to sell local products globally.  Manufacturers and the whole supply chain become extremely lean and agile. Logistics are key and warehousing maintains highly rotating stocks. There is built to order production because standard and timely shipping must be fast and transparent. Highly automated processes of this chain need a seamless power supply to operate 24/7.

 
 
 
Energy Storage 

What could happen in the near future? Will renewable energy sources have taken over the majority of the energy mix? Would wind, water and sun be the main power sources, while gas power stations and nuclear power plants fill the gaps during low power production and high demand periods? The trends are there even if we may not go as fast. Energy Storage Solutions would become a key part of the grid and the energy generation equation, whether it be by backing up and stabilizing the main grid, used in power intensive industries to lower  peak consumption, or at the very heart of off-grid installation in remote areas.

 
 
 

Securing Power in the 2020's

Offshore 

Many easily accessible natural oil & gas sources are exhausted. New discoveries are mainly done in remote areas, often difficult to reach and to work in. The equipment for Oil & Gas sourcing increasingly becomes more high tech and has to resist harsher environments and extremer conditions. Continuous measurements during the production process are one of the most important factors to keep it under control. Backup and reliable power supply are simply essential to the security of operations.

 
 
 
Datacenters 

Basically all digital processes are being connected and are running automatically in large datacenters around the world. End devices are multiplied as more and more objects of our daily life are connected. Intensive processing operations are increasingly maintained in the cloud, which in the end, translates into utility size datacenters. Datacenters are efficiency optimized and interconnected. More and more powered by renewable energy sources and backed up by long and short term energy storage, the UPS concept is evolving from a component to a comprehensive infrastructure – protecting and securing the backbone of modern society.

 
 
 

Securing Power in the 2010's

Solar 

The solar business had a tremendous boom at the beginning of the 2010’s and especially photovoltaics, which peaked in Europe. Many European countries subsidized the installation of solar panels in utility scale for private users to support this alternative to fossil energy. The DC power generated by the solar panels has to be converted and fed into the grid. The power inverters have to follow very precise regulations and specifications in order to keep the grid frequency stable. While power prices dropped or went negative during sun intensive periods, investors are now looking for energy storage solutions to provide power during night or low PV times as well as improvements to grid stability when the power generation mix integrates with renewables.

 
 
 
Fracking 

With rising oil & gas prices taking place, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) became more economically important in the 2010’s. The United States had the largest natural sources of these difficult to extract oil sands in the world. In 2015, the country became, thanks to fracking, the largest oil producer in the world. Using a complicated technical and chemical process, a mix of water, sand and chemicals are pumped under high pressure into the oil sands to press oil and gas up to the surface. Leaks and mechanical malfunctions in this highly sensitive process can create unpredictable damage to the environment. A typical highly critical process which requires a 100% reliable power supply.

 
 
 

Securing Power in the 2000's

IT & Telecommunication 

In the 2000’s many technologies were introduced which shape our life today. There were the first smart phones, virtual private networks (VPN), web search engines and social media. All depending on highly available servers and telecommunication networks. Mobile subscriptions reached almost 100% of the population in  developed countries by the end of the decade. Internet usage increased by factor 18 in developing countries. For the first time in history, the whole world was connected through communication channels with the number of internet users reaching 1 billion by 2005. Everything secured by a backbone of UPS backup systems to ensure constant availability.

 
 
 
Health Care 

During the last 5 decades health care made tremendous improvement due to new electronic developments such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography (CT) scanning and defibrillators. While surgeries have always been a critical application requiring the highest security levels and special certifications, this new equipment needed power protection as well.  In the 2000’s the health care sector became mobile. From mobile workstations over remote surgery to mobile handsets and tablets, these devices depend on a reliable communication infrastructure and uninterruptible power supply more than ever.

 
 
 

Securing Power in the 1990's

Oil & Gas 

The development of a new seismic 3D technology led to new discoveries of oil & gas fields in deepwater areas. Advances in rig technology and seismology and a better understanding of the potential of turbidite reservoirs, offshore production started in the 1990s a string increased production. Discoveries in deepwater in the 1980s developed into production a decade later. Deepwater was producing twice as much as shallow water by the end of the decade. Harsher environmental conditions increased the requirements of machines and equipment as well as safety. Events such as the Piper Alpha incident with the death of 167 people or more recent accidents like Deepwater Horizon (the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history) proved that lives, assets and environment are at stake. Securing power supply effectively with rugged solutions truly adapted to the tough conditions of offshore oil or gas production is part of preventing those risks.

 
 

Securing Power in the 1980's

Power Generation 

In the 1970s after the oil crisis and the 80s nuclear power became an alternative to fossil fuel power plants and installed nuclear capacity was rising rapidly from 1 gigawatt (GW) in 1960 to 300 GW in the late 1980s. Since then worldwide capacity has risen much more slowly, reaching its 366 GW peak in 2005. Main reason for this development were the rising economic costs and falling fossil fuel prices made nuclear power plants then under construction less attractive. In the 1980s and 1990s flat load growth and electricity liberalization also made the addition of large new baseload capacity less attractive. Nuclear technology though remains part of the power generation technology portfolio in many countries. Three Mile Island accident (1979), Chernobyl (1986) and more recently Fukushima Daiichi (2011) showed the  high risks at stake when it comes to this powerful but  sensitive technology. Therefore earthquake and malfunction-proof power protection technology and design according to highest standards is essential. Nuclear industry has the most stringent safety standards and all its providers have to be certified.

"Where lives are at stake, your standards cannot be high enough..."

 
 
 
Hydropower 

Hydropower is the most common and least expensive renewable energy source till today. In the 1980s technical components and power plant construction had reached market maturity. Their long lifetime and cycles of equipment refurbishment in combination with the harsh environmental conditions set exceptional requirements to all components. Malfunction and disruptions have a huge impact on the grid which relies on their available backup power. Also environments and human lives are at stake when it comes to the worst case. UPS systems provide here backup and protection of the most critical components to avoid damages under any circumstances.

 
 
 

Securing Power in the 1970's

Railway 

After the first initial phase of railroad electrification and the invention of high speed trains, companies were competing about the highest speed of their trains. The 1970s brought the opening of more and more high speed train tracks and therefor also the further extension of the railroad network electrification. While year by year new speed records were achieved, the power components had to keep up with the development and the increasing environmental impact of these extreme high speeds. Also the power conditions in the different countries were demanding flexible and ruggedized power supplies. During this time AEG PS became one of the main suppliers of all major railway companies like NS in Netherlands, SNCF in France, DB in Germany and Network Rail in the UK.

 
 
 
Transportation 

In the 60’s and early 1970’s for more and more households, cars were affordable so that the traffic increased in cities and on highways. As a consequence though, the average time for traveling by car increased and the public transport system became more attractive to many people in big cities. While having less convenience than by car the dramatic increase of the oil price of 73 and 79, parking fees and other costs brought the turnaround and supported the  development or modernization of  many public transport systems. In many metropoles and especially for the suburbs, the metro and train lines became then the most important public transport systems. Problems or outages in these highly sensitive infrastructure would not just cause a highly negative impact on the city’s economic. Further are here people’s life at stake. To develop it as a real alternative to the car, the public transport’s reliable was an essential factor in their acceptance through the citizens. Only extreme reliable and technologically proven UPS systems could protect the safety and continuity of such an important backbone of modern society.

 
 
 

Securing Power in the 1960's

Telecom 

Telecom applications have changed the world like no other technology before. Beginning of the 1960s the first step was made towards an independent and decentralized architecture of data transmission. This was the first step of the internet that we know today. While this was not depending on a central mainframe anymore it was able to spread and to connect the world. Power outages no longer were bringing down the whole network. But with the new network it was now everyones responsibility to have a reliable power supply. Even today telecommunication stations in remote areas still depend on gensets and UPS systems for reliable power.  

 
 
 
Mining 

Mining sites are often located in remote areas with harsh environmental conditions for equipment and workers. Power failures under these conditions could result in vast accidents with huge negative impact on the environment. Especially mining operations require a reliable and safe power supply, highly resistant to environmental effects such as humidity, saline air, dust and often seismic conditions. To meet productivity goals, conveyor belts, crusher, mills and float lines must operate continually. Every mine’s operations need tailored power protection and solutions. AEG Power Solutions' ruggedized UPS and power supplies secure these applications - reliable, safe and for decades. With a proven track record and industry leading reliability according to highest standards, this stands for our dedication to quality.

 

  

 
 
 

Securing Power in the 1950's

General Industry 

The reliability of the electrical grid becomes lower as you get closer to the individual factory or plant, with the greatest vulnerability appearing in the so called "last mile" up to the actual physical connection to the user. There is little or no redundancy in the connection between a utility customer and the nearest substation, so the failure of a transformer or power line will cause an outage in that service area. Storms can sometimes disable numerous power lines at the same time, taxing repair capacity and extending the outage time in affected areas. This results not only in costly downtimes, it can even damage expensive production lines and can even take days until full recovery when parts have to be replaced. AEG Power Solutions' uninterruptible power supplies protect industries since decades and its quick replacement service is well-known as one of the industries leading experts.

 
 
 
Power Generation 

Electricity became the world’s most important source of energy during the twentieth century. Crucial modern developments such as computers and communications would be impossible without it. At the begining of the twentieth century, spark-ignition and diesel engines were developed and could be used for making electricity. Even though wind turbines were invented before World War II, steam power and hydropower stations provided most of the global power generation until the beginning of the fifties. AEG Power Solutions products protect steam and hydro power stations with outstanding reliability. Since the beginning exceeding quality and reliability are outstanding features of our solutions.