schedule 2017

All conference and trade show activities will take place at the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld®, Orlando, Florida. Battcon 2017 begins on Sunday, May 7th, with a Welcome Reception from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. All registered attendees and registered spouses/guests are invited to attend the Welcome Reception.

Preconference sessions and golf will take place on Sunday, May 7th. See the Preconference Session page for details. See also the Presentations & Workshops page for additional descriptions. Please note badges are required for all conference functions.

Preview 2017 Papers

Topics expected to be presented.

The history of the VRLA special recovery process.
Pete DeMar, President, Battery Research and Testing Inc.

This paper explores the history of the processes that are presently used to recover 2 Volt VRLA cells that are failing or have failed due to PCL (Premature Capacity Loss). The paper will cover from the initial attempts performed in the mid 1990’s of just adding water, through the discovery of the root cause of most PCL and the development of a catalyst for the head space, through to the inclusion of high rate charging. These processes are explained in IEEE 1188a 2014 as a reactive procedure, but we also will explain why it is beneficial to use the same processes in a proactive manner to avoid early capacity loss.

NFPA and IFC stationary battery code changes for 2018.
Randy Schubert, Senior Systems Engineer, Telcordia NIS, a Division of Ericsson, Inc.

The upcoming 2018 editions of NFPA-1 and the IFC will have substantial changes and increased regulations for stationary battery systems. This paper explores the impacts of these code changes for battery users and manufacturers and highlights several areas of concern, including location restrictions, maximum allowable quantities, maximum string size, failure mode and effects analysis, and energy management system requirements. A new energy storage code for stationary batteries, NFPA-855, as well as NFPA-111 also will be addressed. Manufacturers and end-users of stationary batteries are encouraged to participate in these code development activities.

The stationary battery maintenance program: Who's responsible?
Rick Tressler, President, Rick Tressler, LLC

In order to remain a viable source of reserve power, a stationary battery requires proper care. There is a need for periodic inspection, measurement, and logging of key operating parameters. There must also be careful and detailed analysis of those readings. In the end, one should arrive at a determination of battery condition and its fitness for service. Readings are frequently taken, but do not receive the attention they demand. This paper examines and suggests where the problems lie and what can be done to improve the odds that battery failures are less likely to occur when a documented process and policy is in place.

Illuminating wet cells: An optical infrared electrolyte level detector.

This paper presents a novel optical infrared electrolyte level detector, with insight into the technology it is based on. It reviews different liquid level monitoring approaches and explains why electrolyte level detection has requirements that make conventional and previous solutions inappropriate. The paper explains why this technology is well suited for utility substation applications. Best practices and a glimpse into future versions of the electrolyte level monitoring technology will also be presented.

Maintaining compliance in the battery room.

VRLA batteries have specific requirements for compliance and training with the building code, fire code, OSHA and the authorities having jurisdiction. Learn the requirements for VRLA batteries and how to be compliant with current regulation. Also, learn the various rack compliance requirements and best practices, including IBC, UBC, NEBS, IEEE and more.

Data center best practices: Benefits of having charged and ready to use spare batteries in the data center.

This paper will outline the benefits of having charged, ready-to-use spare batteries onsite. With 25 years in the battery industry and the last 15 dealing primarily in the data center, the author has dealt with many emergency situations that could have been avoided or minimized by having spares on site. In this paper, he will discuss the positives of having spares on site, as well as the negatives of not having them.

Making a case for quadrant battery monitoring.

Over the past 20 years, VRLA batteries have grown to become the staple of data center critical power backup systems around the world. Over the course of that time, monitoring technologies have developed and become ever more sophisticated in order to allow users of critical VRLA systems some insight into their state of health. While it is generally accepted that monitoring of lead acid batteries is prudent, unfortunately the cost of such technology remains at a point where it can be cost prohibitive. This paper explores a unique, alternative technique of VRLA battery monitoring that gives users all the insight they need at a fraction of the cost.

Sodium metal chloride battery quarter life capacity testing and field results.

Sodium metal chloride batteries have now been commercially deployed and successfully operating in stationary backup applications for greater than five years. This paper will discuss the results of the testing of the quarter service life (5 years) capacity of field installed sodium metal chloride batteries in a standby application (MTSO). Certain telecom series batteries will be used in this discussion. The tests were conducted by the customer’s agent and data was collected by both the third party and the manufacturer.

How to achieve "five nines" availability from a lead acid battery’s perspective.

Based on the latest report on the cost of data center outages, uninterruptable power systems continue to be the principal reason for data center downtime. Although not identified in the latest report, based on previous reports, battery failure was the predominant reason for these failures. This paper will examine the underlying reasons why the failures occur and what the remedy is.

Optimizing battery sizing and dispatching to maximize economic return.

Battery energy storage is poised for rapid growth in both behind-the-meter and utility-scale installations. A single battery storage system can generate revenue from multiple applications, including demand charge reduction, energy arbitrage, demand response, frequency regulation, and backup power. The challenge, however, is choosing which applications a battery should serve and when it should serve them to maximize the economic return of the project. In this paper, we present a mathematical model that can be used to determine the optimal sizing and dispatching of batteries that maximizes their value across multiple stacked revenue streams.

Similarity and differences between the BMS for stationary storage and automotive application.

Emerging energy storage technologies review.

Secondary lead smelting as an integral part of battery manufacturing.

The proper storage of stationary batteries.

Battery maintenance is (mostly) worthless.

Can you save time when performing a capacity test?

Advanced energy storage lead carbon batteries for partial state of charge operation in stationary applications.

Intermittent charging increases flooded SLI battery life and cuts risk of catastrophic battery failure in emergency generator applications.

Oh Shoot: Battery knowledge gaps that plague the user community now that the old guys have retired.

Battery types and applications for utilization in power support and protection of traffic and ITS control systems.

Stationary battery installation, maintenance and replacement in operating nuclear plants.

Distributed sensor monitoring systems: Do they adversely affect individual cells?

More to come.

Pre-Conference Activities, Sunday, May 7, 2017

The schedule of the presentations, preconference seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and activities for Battcon 2017 appears below. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Please refer back to this page for updates.

6:30AM |Golf
Location: Celebration Golf  Club
Group boards the bus at 6:30 AM from the front of  the hotel
Shotgun Start at 7:10 AM  
Return to hotel at 1:00 PM

8:00AM to 12:00PM | Pre-Conference Session: Implementing a NERC Compliant Battery Maintenance Program - NEW for 2017
Location: Crystal A

1:30PM to 5:30PM | Pre-Conference Sessions (Concurrent)

Stationary Battery Basics
Location: Crystal A

Beyond the Fundamentals: Advanced Topics in Lead Acid Batteries
Location: Crystal B

Focus On: Battery Fires, Explosions, Arc Flash and Other Scary Things! How to Help Prevent Them by Using Codes and Standards Properly
Location: Crystal C

4:00PM – 8:00PM | Registration Hours
Location: Event Registration Desk

4:00PM – 10:00PM | Exhibitor Move-in and Set-up
Location: Oceans 5 - 12

5:30PM – 7:30PM | Welcome Reception Sponsored by Eagle Eye Power
(Badges required. All registered attendees, spouses/guests invited.)
Location: Pool Terrace and Lawn (Weather permitting.) 

Monday, May 8, 2017

7:00AM |Speaker Ready Room
Location: Mako

7:00AM - 5:00PM| Registration Hours
Location: Event Registration Desk, Crystal Foyer

7:00AM – 8:00AM | Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Mesa Technical Associates
Location: Atrium A, B

7:00AM – 5:00PM | Internet/Charging Station Sponsored by GS BATTERY (U.S.A.) INC.
Location: Oceans Foyer

8:00AM | Opening Remarks
Location: Crystal D, E

8:30AM | Paper Presentations
Location: Crystal Ballroom

10:00AM | Break

10:00AM – 1:00PM | Expo Set-up continues
(All booths must be set by 1:00 PM)

10:30AM – 12:00PM | Paper Presentations
Location:  Crystal D, E

12:00PM | Lunch Sponsored by Eltek
(Conference attendees only; spouses/guests are on their own for lunch.)
Location: Crystal A, B, C

1:30PM – 2:45PM | Panel 1
Location: Crystal D, E

2:45PM | Break

3:15PM - 4:30PM | Panel 2
Location: Crystal D, E

5:30PM – 9:00PM | Expo and Reception Sponsored by Enersys
(Badges required. All registered attendees, spouses/guests invited.)
Location: Oceans 5 – 12

9:00PM - 11:00PM | After Party Sponsored by East Penn
(All registered attendees, spouses/guests invited.)
Location: Oceans 1 – 4

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

7:00AM |Speaker Ready Room
Location: Mako

7:00AM - 5:00PM| Registration Hours
Location: Event Registration Desk, Crystal Foyer

7:00AM – 8:00AM | Continental Breakfast
Location: Atrium A, B

7:00AM – 5:00PM | Internet/Charging Station Sponsored by GS BATTERY (U.S.A.) INC.
Location: Oceans Foyer

8:00AM – 8:15AM | Opening Remarks
Location: Crystal D, E

8:15AM – 9:45AM | Paper Presentations
Location: Crystal D, E

9:45AM | Break

10:15AM | Paper Presentations
Location: Crystal D, E

11:45PM | Lunch
(Conference attendees only; spouses/guests are on their own for lunch.)
Location: Crystal A, B, C

1:15PM | Panel 3
Location:  Crystal D, E

2:25PM | Hall of Fame Award Presentation
Location:  Crystal Ballroom

2:30PM | Break

3:00PM – 5:00PM | Workshops (Concurrent)

UPS Workshop: UPS battery systems.
Location: Crystal A

Utility Workshop: Electric utility batteries and chargers.
Location: Crystal D, E

Telecom Workshop: Telecom battery open season/session.
Location: Crystal B

5:00PM – 8:30PM | Expo & ReceptionSponsored by East Penn
(Badges required. All registered attendees, spouses/ guests are invited.)
Location: Oceans 5 – 12

8:30PM – 10:30PM | Expo Dismantle & Move-out

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hotel check-out time is 11:00AM.  Luggage storage can be arranged at the Bell Station.

7:00AM |Speaker Ready Room
Location: Mako

7:00AM – 8:00AM | Continental Breakfast
Location: Atrium A

7:00AM – 12:00PM | Internet/Charging Station Sponsored by GS BATTERY (U.S.A.) INC.
Location: Oceans Foyer

7:00AM – 12:00PM | Exhibiror Move-out Continues - All Exhibit Material must be clearerd by 12 PM.
Location: Oceans 5 - 12

8:00AM – 8:15AM | Opening Remarks
Location: Crystal D, E

8:15AM – 10:15AM | Paper Presentations
Location: Crystal D, E

10:15AM | Break

10:45AM – 12:15PM | Paper Presentations
Location: Crystal Ballroom

12:15PM | Lunch
(Boxed lunches available for registered attendees. Spouses/guests are on their own for lunch.)
Location: Crystal Foyer

12:15PM | Panel 4: Battcon Technical Committee Wrap-Up Panel
(Feel free to bring your lunch into this session.)
Location:  Crystal D, E

1:15PM | Closing Remarks
Location: Crystal D, E


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