Workshops

WORKSHOPS AND PANELS

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.

New for 2019

Battcon will feature additional breakout sessions. The new format will include concurrent workshop panel sesssions focused on telecom, UPS or utility. The traditional Battcon breakout workshops will follow the workshop panel breakouts.

NEW WORKSHOP PANELS

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, CenturyLink
Panel: John Gagge, EnerSys Dan McMenamin, Dan McMenamin and Associates, Inc. Bill Price, AT&T 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 Mary Jo Mercer, EnerSys

When to Replace Again DC Plants?
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 Jeff Grusek, Duke Energy Corp Sal Salgia, Exelon Corporation Tom Carpenter, Tennessee Valley Authority



WORKSHOPS

Telecom
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, CenturyLink
Panel: John Gagge, EnerSys Dan McMenamin, Dan McMenamin and Associates, Inc. Mike O'Brien, Nolan Power Group, LLC Bill Price, AT&T Mike Krzywosz, Vertiv Ernie Gallo, Ericsson Inc.

Utility
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. Jeff Grusek, Duke Energy Corp

UPS
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 Services



PANEL SESSIONS

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.
Panel: Haissam Nasrat, Primax Technologies, Inc. Lesley Varga, Quality Standby Services, LLC Ed Rafter, George Butler Associates 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 Brian Zimmerman, East Penn Manufacturing John Polenz, Vertiv Services Eric Lehmann, C&D Technologies Bill Cunningham, GS Battery

NFPA 855
How safety codes are going to affect all of us?

Moderator: Bill Cantor, TPI