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Reducing the Hazards of Stationary Battery Systems Through Intelligent Design

Mike O'Brien

Stationary Battery Systems provide the control and reserve power for modern life as we know it. These systems provide control power for switchgear and automated controls, the power for field flashing of generators, emergency lube oil and seal oil pumps and other critical motors, the reserve power for UPS systems, and the operating power for critical communication systems. In short, these battery systems make modern life possible, and they surround us. Stationary Battery Systems present unique maintenance hazards due to the availability of high currents, lethal voltages, flammable/explosive gas, and corrosive chemicals. Additionally, recent research suggests that 500VDC battery systems may pose more significant arc flash hazards than currently recognized.

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