A large pharma company recently came to me to discuss energy supply and its need for guaranteed electricity. The company had to take out expensive insurance to cover a power failure event that could interrupt their production line. Why is this a big deal? We’ve all lost refrigeration for a few hours.
After talking with the company, it became clear that a power loss lasting only 1 minute can result in a major economic hit because much of the pharmaceuticals are made in large batches to amortize the costs, and increase production. With a power loss, it’s not just a temporary interruption, it’s a lost batch. And the market value of a lost batch can easily reach millions of dollars.