2020 Workshops and Panels Coming Soon

Concurrent workshops take place on Thursday afternoon of the Battcon conference. Workshops focus on three specific industry segments and are interactive sessions where attendees can take a deeper dive into topics specific to their area of interest. Advance registration is not required for the workshops. Workshops are open to full-conference attendees only.


Telecom Power Architecture
Attend this workshop panel to hear from a group of experts on their view of trends in telecom power architectures, including distributed power in the CO and Data Center, CORD (CO Re-imagined as a Datacenter) power architectures, shorter and longer battery backup times (depending on regulatory requirements), and use of Li-ion and NaNiCl batteries and supercapacitors. Presentations will be followed up with an interactive, audience Q&A.

Moderator: Curtis Ashton, American Power Systems (an EastPenn DC services subsidiary)
Panel: Bill Price, AT&T Dan McMenamin, Dan McMenamin and Associates, Inc. Mike Krzywosz, Vertiv Ernie Gallo, Ericsson Inc.

Shorter Duration Back-Ups
The traditional, fifteen minute backup times for UPSs continue to be shortened, sometimes to only seconds of backup. This panel will explore what is driving this trend, what are some of the potential issues, and what are your options.

Moderator: Mike Nispel, Philadelphia Scientific
Panel: Nick Stone, Eaton Frank DeLattre, VYCON Craig Wirtz, EnerSys Thomas Lynn , LiiON

When to Replace Aging DC Equipment?
Aging DC Plants: what criteria is used to replace batteries, chargers, inverters, distribution panels, cables, etc., at your utility? The typical utility DC plant is very reliable and many users have different rules and reasons for replacing aging equipment. This panel will discuss what some of these criteria are, consider some case studies and share best practices.

Moderator: Lesley Varga, Quality Standby Services, LLC
Panel: Eric Agee, Alabama Power Company Tom Carpenter, Tennessee Valley Authority Jeff Gruseck, Duke Energy Corp Sal Salgia, Exelon Generation


The telecom workshop will cover a broad range of issues regarding telecom batteries; including but not limited to, "high temperature" batteries - marketing vs. what is really inside them, how NFPA 855 will affect telecom -48VDC plant and UPS battery installations.

Moderator: Curtis Ashton, American Power Systems (an EastPenn DC services subsidiary)
Panel: Bill Price, AT&T Mike O'Brien, Nolan Power Group - Storage Battery Systems Dan McMenamin, Dan McMenamin and Associates, Inc. Mike Krzywosz, Vertiv Ernie Gallo, Ericsson Inc.

This workshop is for those interested in the use and issues of batteries and chargers in electrical utilities. It will feature an open atmosphere where attendees are encouraged to bring up questions they have about their dc equipment and get answers/feedback from the moderators and other attendees. Bring your concerns and expertise for an interactive session to obtain and share knowledge. Some topics that may be discussed include: NERC Standard PRC-005 impacts, NERC Standard PRC-005 requirements vs. IEEE recommendations, new and recently issued/updated IEEE standards, and new technologies.

Moderator: Tom Carpenter, Tennessee Valley Authority
Kurt Uhlir, Standby Power System Consultants, Inc. a division of HM Cragg Co. Jeff Gruseck, Duke Energy Corp

How much redundancy is enough? At what level of redundancy are you comfortable with your UPS/energy storage solution? Where is the point of diminishing returns? This workshop will provide an open discussion regarding where the industry is going with regard to power redundancy.

Moderator: Dan Lambert, ZincFive
John Polenz, Vertiv


DC Systems Electrical Protection Considerations
Growing emphasis on operating reliability and safety are leading battery end users and system operators to confront system protection issues such as proper fault protection for battery systems and DC energy sources. This panel will address DC system electrical protection considerations including over-current protection philosophies, code requirements and industry best practices for switchgear and control, telecom and UPS applications.

Moderator: Kurt Uhlir, Standby Power System Consultants, Inc. a division of HM Cragg Co.
Panel: Haissam Nasrat, Primax Technologies, Inc. Ed Rafter, George Butler Associates Lesley Varga, Quality Standby Services, LLC Mike Morroni, Electric Equipment & Engineering

Marketing Terms
"Pure Lead", "High Temperature Batteries", "Design Life"… Where do these terms come from and what do they mean? This panel will attempt to address some of the most confusing and controversial subject matter in the battery industry today. This is the audience’s chance to quiz the manufacturers and get some straight answers.

Moderator: Tom Cantor, TPI
Panel: Jay Frankhouser, EnerSys John Polenz, Vertiv Brian Zimmerman, East Penn Manufacturing Eric Lehmann, C&D Technologies, Inc. Bill Cunningham, GS Yuasa Energy Solutions

NFPA 855
NPFA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems, has been developed and is scheduled to be published this year.  The impetus for this standard may have been the growing industry of grid energy storage but as written, this will affect the entire stationary battery industry.  If adopted as is, there could be major financial implications for the existing stationary battery ecosystem. The panel will discuss the standard, the implications if adopted and how to become involved.

Moderator: William Cantor, TPI
Panel: Jim Green , CSA Group Randy Schubert , Ericsson Inc. Laurie Florence, UL, LLC Robert Harris , National Rural Electric Cooperative Association