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The use of steering diode circuitry is not new, but the way diodes are applied is being examined as a solution for ensuring system reliability. This paper examines critical considerations in applying this technology and how diodes behave. Aside from obvious motivations to ensure reliability, there is pressure from customers and the government to provide additional assurances. It was assumed adding a parallel battery string would be adequate, but we now know this solution requires additional engineering consideration. After this presentation, attendees will understand how to specify and implement steering diodes in a typical battery application and how options may be implemented to prove the reliability of the steering diodes.