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.

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: Oceans 4

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

Stationary Battery Basics
Location: Oceans 1

Beyond the Fundamentals: Advanced Topics in Lead Acid Batteries
Location: Oceans 2

Focus On: Battery fires, explosions, arc flash and other scary things! Learn best practices for how to analyze the risks, protect your workers and complete the job without incident.
Location: Oceans 4

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 Ballroom

8:30AM | Paper Presentations 1, 2, 3
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Secondary lead smelting as an integral part of battery manufacturing.
Mark Bricker, Assistant Plant Manager, Smelter
East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Operational procedures at East Penn’s secondary lead smelter have focused on achievement of compliance with strict environmental regulation and the recycling of all the components of spent batteries to the supply of raw materials for the manufacture of new batteries. While achieving desired sustainability, the recycling of lead, polypropylene, and sulfuric acid directly to the battery manufacturing process makes lead acid battery recycling a unique environmental success story.

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.

Maintaining compliance in the VRLA battery room.
Jeff Donato, National Marketing and Product Development Manager, EnviroGuard
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.

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 4, 5, 6
Location: Crystal Ballroom

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.

Data center best practices: Benefits of having charged and ready to use spare battery cells in the data center.
Stuart Gettis, National Battery Sales Manager, Vertiv Services
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.

Oh Shoot: Battery knowledge gaps that plague the user community now that the old guys have retired.
Dan McMenamin, President, Dan McMenamin and Associates, Inc.
The purpose of this paper is to share apparent knowledge gaps that are resulting in network or grid unreliability, potential injuries, and untoward moments of panic in and around the battery infrastructure. An alternate title might have been, "Please, whatever you do, don’t mix this up."

12:00PM | Lunch Sponsored by Eltek
(Conference attendees only; spouses/guests are on their own for lunch.)
Location: Oceans 3 - 4

1:30PM – 2:45PM | Panel 1
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Alphabet Soup: NEC, IEC, NFPA, IFC, UL, NEBS, etc., etc. Making sense of what documents apply to your battery installation.
Curtis Ashton (Chair) (CenturyLink), Bill Cantor (TPI), Jeff Donato (Enviroguard), Randy Schubert (Telcordia NIS, a Division of Ericsson, Inc.)
This panel will comprise subject matter experts in the area of various codes and standards who will attempt to answer your questions, or give the traditional “it depends” answer, or more importantly, stir up comments from those in the audience who are truly “in the know”.

2:45PM | Break

3:15PM - 4:30PM | Panel 2
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Developments in battery management and charging. What’s good, what’s promising, and what’s questionable.
J. Allen Byrne (Chair) (Brass Tacks Power System Advisors), John Kim (EnerSys), Mike Nispel (Quality Standby Services, LLC), Vance Persons (La Marche Manufacturing Co.), Nigel Scott (Custom and Contract Power Solutions)
The focus of this panel will be on recent and developing trends in battery charging compared to traditional methods. Intermittent charging, individual cell equalization, pulse charging, charge monitoring, ohmic measurements, charging current and voltage control, countering temperature effects and more will be discussed. The panel will be interactive and the audience will be encouraged to participate.

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 Ballroom

8:15AM – 9:45AM | Paper Presentations 7, 8, 9
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Advanced lead carbon batteries for partial state of charge operation in stationary applications.
Jay Frankhouser, Director, Product Management and Applications Engineering, C&D Technologies, Inc.
Traditional lead-acid batteries are limited in their ability to operate in environments where reliable power isn’t available and, therefore, battery recharges are incomplete, leaving lithium-ion as one of the only options for many of these applications. With new, advanced lead-carbon battery technology, partial state of charge (PSoC) operation is possible, increasing battery life and cycle counts for lead based batteries. This paper discusses this technology, the applications, and the economic benefits of advanced lead-carbon battery technology.

Intermittent charging increases flooded SLI battery life and cuts risk of catastrophic battery failure in emergency generator applications.
William Kaewert, President, SENS – Stored Energy Systems, LLC
Despite significant investments made by end users in preventive maintenance, starting battery failure remains the number one cause of emergency generator (genset) problems. Genset batteries typically suffer short lives that can end catastrophically. In contrast, identical batteries employed in vehicle applications last nearly twice as long and tend to fail gradually. This paper explores the apparent root cause why reliability, longevity, and suddenness of failure of the exact same battery differ between genset and vehicle applications. It presents a solution that improves the reliability, life and gradual nature of failure in genset starting applications to levels enjoyed in vehicle applications.

Stationary battery installation, maintenance and replacement in operating nuclear plants.
Sal Salgia, Senior Staff Engineer, Exelon Corporation
There are special requirements for the selection, installation, maintenance, and replacement of stationary batteries in operating nuclear plants. Mistakes are sometimes made as a result of a lack of knowledge, a lack of familiarity with regulatory commitments, and improper training. Human performance plays an important role in understanding the risk to plant operation, safety, and consequences. This paper will discuss the regulatory requirements and challenges for batteries that are unique to the safe operation of nuclear plants.

9:45AM | Break

10:15AM | Paper Presentations 10, 11, 12
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Optimizing battery sizing and dispatching to maximize economic return.
Travis Simpkins, President, muGrid Analytics, LLC
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.

Sodium metal chloride battery quarter life capacity testing and field results.
Andrew Miraldi, Product Applications Manager, FZSoNick, Inc.
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.

Emerging Energy Storage Technologies Review
Dan Borneo, Principal Investigator, DOE/OE Energy Storage Systems Projects, Sandia National Laboratories
Electrical energy storage has the potential to increase the effectiveness of distributed energy resources and can provide reliability and resiliency to the power grid. However, concerns still exist in regards to the safety, reliability and cost of electrical energy storage. To address these concerns, new technologies are being developed that hold promise for a more safe, reliable, and cost effective electrical storage system. This presentation will review some of these emerging technologies and their status towards commercialization.

11:45PM | Lunch
(Conference attendees only; spouses/guests are on their own for lunch.)
Location: Oceans 3 - 4

1:15PM | Panel 3
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Selecting the right battery technology for your application.
Curtis Ashton (Chair) (CenturyLink), Dan Borneo (Sandia National Laboratories), Andrew Miraldi (FZSoNick, Inc.), Jim McDowall (SAFT America, Inc.), Steve Vechy (EnerSys Americas)
Despite what some marketers say, there is no battery technology that is the best choice for all applications. Even within the lead-acid product lineup, there are different performance types (UPS, general purpose, telecom), different plate designs (pasted plate, tubular), and different alloys (lead calcium, lead selenium, lead tin, etc.). Nickel-cadmium technology has similar differentiating factors. Now we are seeing the emergence of new technologies, such as advanced lead-acid, lithium-ion, sodium-beta, and a host of others. The task of battery selection just got a whole lot more complex, so this panel will provide clarity on the process, and whether an advanced technology makes sense for your application.

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: Oceans 1
John Polenz, Chair (Vertiv), Dale Campbell (BRPH), Mark Sherwood (East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.)
The UPS workshop will be an interactive session, with audience participation, discussing UPS battery systems. We will explore topics such as VRLA vs. VLA battery systems, sizing for appropriate backup time, battery system designs, charging techniques, installation, testing/commissioning, and maintenance. We welcome questions and topics from the audience.

Utility Workshop: Electric utility batteries and chargers.
Location: Crystal Ballroom
Tom Carpenter, Co-Chair (Tennessee Valley Authority), Kurt Uhlir, Co-Chair (Standby Power System Consultants, Inc.), Jeff Gruseck (Duke Energy Corp.)
This workshop is for those interested in the use and issues of batteries and chargers in electrical utilities. The workshop 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.

Telecom Workshop: Telecom battery open season/session.
Location: Oceans 2
Curtis Ashton, Chair (CenturyLink), John Gagge (EnerSys Americas), Dan McMenamin (Dan McMenamin and Associates, Inc.)
This audience participation session will discuss the major problems associated with telecom batteries, from supplier problems to user abuse. Also, appropriate backup times for various types of telecom services in an evolving competitive and regulatory market will be addressed. Finally, we’ll discuss other pertinent points the audience would like to bring up.

5:00PM – 8:30PM | Expo & Reception Sponsored 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 | Exhibitor Move-out Continues - All Exhibit Material must be cleared by 12 PM.
Location: Oceans 5 - 12

8:00AM – 8:15AM | Opening Remarks
Location: Crystal Ballroom

8:15AM – 10:15AM | Paper Presentations 13, 14, 15, 16
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Illuminating wet cells: An optical infrared electrolyte level detector.
Dave Battle, Chief Technology Officer, NDSL, Inc.
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.

Making a case for quadrant battery monitoring.
Brian Hanking, Chief Technology Officer, Canara
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.

How to achieve "five nines" availability from a lead acid battery’s perspective.
George Pedersen, Principal Associate, Carrann Associates, LLC
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.

Distributed battery monitoring sensors: Effects and suggested solutions.
Nigel Scott, Company Director, Custom & Contract Power Solutions, Ltd.
Distributed standby battery monitoring "one - or more - per cell" sensors can affect individual battery cells and units in a string. This paper discusses the problem in simple terms, with a case study and examples, and suggests possible solutions.

10:15AM | Break

10:45AM – 12:15PM | Paper Presentations 17, 18, 19
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Battery maintenance is (mostly) worthless.
Bill Cantor, Engineer, TPI
Recommended practices for battery maintenance and testing on lead-acid batteries are well defined in IEEE 450 and IEEE 1188. Unfortunately, in many (most) cases, the IEEE recommended maintenance practices are not followed properly, the data is not analyzed correctly, or the technicians are not properly trained. For maximum reliability, it is always recommended to properly perform the IEEE recommended maintenance. However, given how many users perform/contract maintenance improperly and the reality that many users are satisfied with just "making it to the generator", the value of many battery maintenance activities is questionable.

The proper storage of stationary batteries.
J. Allen Byrne, Consultant, Brass Tacks Power System Advisors
All too often, stationary batteries are purchased many months before they are destined to be put into service, or the installation is delayed and they are put into temporary storage. This storage may be either away from or at the installation location. Also, sometimes batteries are installed at their intended location but are not connected to the charging system. This paper details how batteries should be stored in such a manner that they will not degrade or suffer permanent damage.

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.

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

12:15PM | Panel 4: Battcon Technical Committee Wrap-Up Panel
(Bring your boxed lunch into this session.)
Location:  Crystal Ballroom

Battcon Technical Committee Wrap-Up Panel
Curtis Ashton, Bill Cantor, Tom Carpenter, Jim McDowall, Mike Nispel, Mark Sherwood, Rick Tressler, Kurt Uhlir, Lesley Varga
Bring in your boxed lunch and participate in a wrap-up panel session, which is comprised of individuals from across the battery industry who will attempt to answer any outstanding questions from previous presentations and panels and discuss industry issues in general. The session will be audience driven; all questions are welcomed.

1:15PM | Closing Remarks
Location: Crystal Ballroom


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