The use of industrial batteries is growing due to the ever increasing demand for electricity and connectivity. From power plants, data centers, wind farms, railroad crossings and more, industrial batteries are everywhere. For most industrial settings, large stationary lead-acid (VLA or VRLA) or NiCad batteries are the standard based on a combination of cost, efficiency and reliability. These batteries require proper care and maintenance to ensure reliable performance when the power goes out.
New industrial battery regulations are taking place across many industries (i.e. NERC PRC-005). At the least, organizations are being highly-recommended to follow the best practices for stationary battery maintenance and monitoring by manufacturers and industry experts such as IEEE.
While these stationary battery maintenance and monitoring plans are being developed, organizations are also concerned about the other equipment that the batteries are powering. For example, how does the wind farmer know that the wind turbine is charging the back-up battery power bank? If there is a problem with the batteries, it may not appear for a week or two when the voltage drops or when the batteries don’t recharge properly after use. By then, it may be too late to prevent downtime of the systems the farmer is trying to keep on line. The implementation of a battery monitoring system can ease these concerns.
Capabilities of Battery Monitoring Systems
To identify a failing battery before it causes deterioration to other cells, a battery monitor like the EnCell Monitor can assist. EnCell battery monitors are customizable and feature a web-based user interface for viewing historical data, voltage, temperature, internal resistance and current levels. There is no limit to the number of batteries you can manage and proactively target site maintenance, protecting your plant when possible power outages occur.
For users that would like added capabilities such as the ability to receive email or text alerts to make better-informed decisions in real-time, a remote battery monitoring system should be considered. The Envision Remote Monitoring service is compatible with the EnCell line of monitors for safer operations, enhanced efficiency and zero downtime.
Industrial Battery Monitoring Connectivity
So how does this apply to real-life industrial settings? Using the earlier example of the wind farmer, the current output of the wind turbine can be monitored for certainty that the battery bank used to keep equipment running when the power goes down is being recharged.
To ensure reliable performance, meet NERC requirements and follow best practices that are currently in place for those using industrial or stationary batteries, the implementation of battery monitors and remote battery monitoring connectivity can be applied.
For assistance finding the right solution for your stationary battery management and monitoring needs, contact EnCharge Power Systems today.