New standards will help owners and maintenance personnel with battery systems

The IEEE recently began work on IEEE P1660, “Guide for Application and Management of Stationary Batteries Used in Cycling Service” and IEEE P1661, “Guide for Test and Evaluation of Lead-Acid Batteries Used in Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems.”

IEEE hopes P1660 will help owners, maintenance personnel, and designers of battery systems used in stationary applications choose battery management strategies by addressing the similarities and differences in battery design and operation for stand-by and cycling units.

P1661 is intended to help systems owners, designers, and funding organizations select, manage, and verify lead-acid battery performance in PV hybrid power systems. The standard will offer a single method for field-testing batteries in PV hybrid power systems to replace the procedures now in use, as well as provide information on how to interpret test results.

Those interested in being a part of the drafting process should contact Jim McDowall, chair of the stationary battery committee, at mcdowall@ieee.org.