Power failures are on the most part unexpected yet can cause widespread distress. Anything from a software bug to a natural disaster can trigger widespread power outages. In remote areas, a petrol station without gasoline can be a life or death situation.
Without power, most gas stations are unable to pump fuel. Traffic problems compound as transport trucks line up and motorists simply drive until their cars run out of gas on the highway. Those petrol stations that can operate face the concern that they have a limited supply of gasoline and do not know when their tanks can be refilled.
Oil refineries might shut down as a result of a blackout, and are slow to resume gasoline production. Government authorities might consider gasoline rationing.
In light of natural disasters, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. can cause widespread power outages and force gas stations to close.
Gas stations can be protected from power outages using uninterruptible power supply to maintain their power load in the case of power failure.
Modern gas pumps work with computer systems. The need for uninterruptible back up systems stems from the need to protect the computer systems at the station. During a power failure, a back up system can provide power to enable the computers to continue working and also to prevent damage from erratic currents. In addition, the back up systems can also protect the station’s security systems, cameras and in the future also the lighting.
Across Israel, for example, Gamatronic’s GNET 1kVA is installed to keep the petrol pumps operating when there is a power outage. In Dor Alon, Delek and Mika petrol stations, their back up needs were for 10-15 minutes. Solutions can be altered depending on the customer’s needs. The petrol station market is very large as there is a great proliferation of stations across a country.