Pre-Conference Seminars


Preconference seminars are offered on Tuesday before the official opening of the conference. Attending one of the seminars reinforces your existing skills, expands your battery knowledge and lets you explore industry trends. The seminars bring well respected industry experts into the classroom. There are no prerequisites for the seminars. Pre-registration is required. You can select seminars at the time you register. Pre-conference seminars are $99.00 each.

2018 preconference seminars are listed below. 2019 instructors and topics are coming soon.

Sunday, 8:00 AM
Implementing a NERC Compliant Battery Maintenance Program

Instructors: Tom Carpenter, Chair (Tennessee Valley Authority), Bill Cantor (TPI), Mike Nispel (Quality Standby Services, LLC), Chris Searles (BAE Batteries USA), Kurt Uhlir (Standby Power System Consultants, Inc.)

NERC PRC-005 requires owners to implement a battery maintenance program that meets certain requirements. There are various options allowable in the implementation of the maintenance program. There are also supplemental guides and FAQs associated with PRC-005 that attempt to help the users understand the requirements. This seminar will help users understand why PRC 005 was developed, provide an interpretation of the requirements by battery and utility experts, provide some in-depth understanding on how ohmic readings can be used, and provide user experiences of actual

Sunday, 1:30 PM
The following three seminars take place concurrently.

Stationary Battery Basics

Instructors: Rick Tressler, Chair (Rick Tressler, LLC), John Kim (EnerSys)

Stationary Battery Basics is designed to help those new to the battery industry. Numerous topics will be covered that are needed on a basic level to understand and learn as they work with these sometimes-mysterious electro-chemical devices.

Have you ever wondered why a lead-acid battery cell operates at 2 volts, compared to other chemistries such as Nickel Cadmium or Lithium? How should batteries be charged? What is float service? What are the maintenance requirements? What is a VRLA battery and how does it differ from a VLA battery? How do I get the longest service life out of my battery?

This seminar will cover the fundamentals of the lead-acid battery and will help get you up to speed for the conference. Instructors John Kimm and Rick Tressler are industry experts with many years of experience and are looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions.

Beyond the Fundamentals: Advanced Topics in Lead Acid Batteries

Instructors: Curtis Ashton, Chair (CenturyLink), Mike Nispel (Quality Standby Services, LLC)

This seminar provides additional, in-depth information for attendees who need a more in-depth understanding of their battery systems. Beyond the Fundamentals explores five key topic areas that will assist in understanding more about what goes on inside as well as outside a battery. These topics include discussions on the following: Advanced lead acid fundamentals. Application, selection, and considerations for both conventional flooded and VRLA types. Data collection, record keeping, IEEE recommendations, warranty, and trending health. Failure modes, the aging process, warranty issues, and end of life determination. Periodic visual inspection criteria, where problems arise, and causes of troubles throughout the service life of a battery.

Focus On: Focus On: Advanced Battery Technologies

Instructors: Jim McDowall, Chair (Saft America), Randy Schubert (Telcordia NIS, a Division of Ericsson, Inc.)

Advanced battery technologies such as lithium-ion are the go-to solution for grid-connected energy storage systems, and are now being proposed for use in traditional standby applications. In this seminar, attendees will receive in-depth information on lithium-ion technologies and will also learn about other new battery types, such as advanced lead-acid, flow and sodium-beta. Suitability for standby operation will be covered, and guidance on selection and evaluation will be provided. The treatment of these newer technologies in fire codes is evolving and can have a major influence on ease of deployment, so the latest situation for codes and related standards will be discussed.