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.

Anticipated Papers

The following papers are expected to be presented at Battcon 2017. The days and times of these sessions have not yet been determined. As days and times are determined, they will appear in the schedule below where appropriate.

Illuminating wet cells: An optical infrared electrolyte level detector.
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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.

Secondary lead smelting.
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Battery maintenance is (mostly) worthless.
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The history of the VRLA special recovery process.
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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.

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Making a case for quadrant battery monitoring.
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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.

Charging technology process significantly increases flooded SLI battery life and reduces risk of catastrophic battery failure.
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Sodium metal chloride battery quarter life capacity testing and field results.
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Stationary battery installation, maintenance and replacement in operating nuclear plants.
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New NFPA and IFC stationary battery codes: Writing the great American novel?
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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.

Rechargeable zinc manganese dioxide batteries in emerging markets.
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Optimizing battery sizing and dispatching to maximize economic return in grid-connected microgrids.
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The stationary battery maintenance program: Who's responsible?
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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.

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: Tarpon Meeting Room

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! How to Help Prevent Them by Using Codes and Standards Properly
Location: Oceans 4

4:00PM – 8:00PM | Registration Hours
Location: Registration Desk, Main Lobby

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 | Registration Hours
Location: Registration Desk, Main Lobby

7:00AM – 8:00AM | Continental Breakfast
Location: Oceans Foyer

8:00AM – 8:30AM | Opening Remarks
Location: Crystal Ballroom

8:30AM – 10:00AM | Paper Presentations
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Paper 1: Title TBA
Paper 2: Title TBA
Paper 3: Title TBA

10:00AM | Break
Location: Oceans Foyer

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 Ballroom

Paper 4: Title TBA
Paper 5: Title TBA
Paper 6: Title TBA

12:00PM | Lunch
(Conference attendees only; spouses/guests are on their own for lunch.)
Location: Oceans 1 – 3

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

2:45PM | Break
Location: Oceans Foyer

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

7:00AM – 8:00AM | Continental Breakfast
Location: Oceans Foyer

8:00AM – 8:30AM | Opening Remarks
Location: Crystal Ballroom

8:30AM – 10:00AM | Paper Presentations
Location:  Crystal Ballroom

Paper 7: Title TBA
Paper 8: Title TBA
Paper 9: Title TBA

10:00AM | Break
Location:  Oceans Foyer

10:30AM – 12:00PM | Paper Presentations
Location:  Crystal Ballroom

Paper 10: Title TBA
Paper 11: Title TBA
Paper 12: Title TBA

12:00PM | Lunch
(Conference attendees only; spouses/guests are on their own for lunch.)
Location: Oceans 1 – 3

1:15PM | Panel 3
Location:  Crystal Ballroom

Topic: TBA

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

2:30PM | Break
Location: Oceans Foyer

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

UPS Workshop: UPS battery systems.
Location: Oceans 1

Utility Workshop: Electric utility batteries and chargers.
Location: Oceans 2

Telecom Workshop: Telecom battery open season/session.
Location: Oceans 4

5:00PM – 8:30PM | Expo & Reception
(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 – 8:00AM | Continental Breakfast
Location: Oceans Foyer

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

8:15AM – 10:15AM | Paper Presentations
Location: Crystal Ballroom

Paper 13: Title TBA
Paper 14: Title TBA
Paper 15: Title TBA
Paper 16: Title TBA

10:15AM | Break
Location:  Oceans Foyer

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

Paper 17: Title TBA
Paper 18: Title TBA
Paper 19: Title TBA

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

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

1:15PM | Closing Remarks
Location: Crystal Ballroom

 

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