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Coming to Terms with Batteries

Steve McCluer

It started when I observed that six IEEE standards had four different definitions for the same term. On closer examination I found several other contradictory terms as well. The Stationary Battery Committee created a Glossary Working Group to look into what terms were in conflict. We found about a hundred terms defined among the various standards. “That shouldn’t take long,” we thought. Then we decided that maybe we should look at what other definitions were in use throughout industry. Two years, two dozen meetings, and over 1500 line items later, the group has been reduced to a few glassy-eyed, mumbling disbelievers. This paper explains the work of the committee, its goals and guidelines, and provides several examples of words, the meaning of which maybe you thought you knew… but maybe not!

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