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.

Implementing a NERC Compliant Battery Maintenance Program

Instructors: Tom Carpenter, Chair (Tennessee Valley Authority), Bill Cantor (TPI), Mike Nispel (Philadelphia Scientific), 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

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

Stationary Battery Basics

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

Battery is a battery… Or is it? Have you ever wondered the following?  What is a battery and how does it work?  How is lead-acid battery different than lithium-ion and Ni-Cd batteries?  What are the pros and cons between lead-calcium versus lead-antimony?  What is a VRLA battery and how does it differ from a VLA battery?  Is there a correct way to charge a battery?  What is float service?  What are the maintenance requirements?  What factors affect the service life and how do I get the most reliable service out of my battery? This seminar will cover the fundamentals of the stationary batteries and will help get you up to speed for the conference.  Instructors Rick Tressler and John Kim 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 (Philadelphia Scientific)

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: Lead vs. Lithium

Instructors: Jeff Kessen (Vertiv), Jay Frankhouser (EnerSys), Brian Zimmerman (East Penn Manufacturing)

Lead batteries, invented 160 years ago, have been the traditional solution for stand-by power. Although a mature technology, new advancements continue to be made allowing lead batteries to last longer, reach new places, and be used in new ways. Newer lithium-ion technologies, already prevalent in handheld electronics and electric vehicles, are starting to challenge lead batteries in the stand-by and energy storage markets. This session will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of both technologies, inform the audience of some of the latest advancements, and provide education on the various forms of lithium-ion chemistries. Comparisons will be made on topics such as weight, energy density, safety, recyclability, cost, maintenance, codes/regulations, and battery management systems.