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"The U.S. endures more blackouts than any other developed nation"(energy.gov).

Mother Nature Never Pauses

Weather accounts for 68-73% of all major outages. It is difficult for utility crews to work in adverse weather conditions. Making sure that the battery backup system is ready to go at a moment's notice is crucial from an emergency and a financial standpoint.

"The U.S. electrical grid loses power 285% more often than it did in 1984"(energy.gov)

Switchgear maintenance is key to continued reliable operation, but this maintenance is periodic, leaving risk between checks. This is because more extensive power distribution causes an increased demand on employee time.

"The U.S. grid outages cost American businesses as much as $150 billion per year"(energy.gov).

NERC PRC-005-2 Protection System Maintenance

In a move to prevent another regional blackout of that scale, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) now regulates bulk power systems. The not-for-profit regulatory organization, which oversees the United States, Canada and Northern Baja California, Mexico, ensures reliability of power utilities by developing and enforcing maintenance and monitoring standards.

One of those standards is PRC-005-2, Protection System Maintenance. The U.S. Government, as a way to ensure that utilities were taking measures and paying attention to their systems, established the PRC-005-2 Protection System Maintenance Program (PSMP).

One of the components of PRC-005-2 is assessing the reliability of batteries used in the utility industry. Among other things, the requirement dictates four- six- and 18-month maintenance plans for VLA, VRLA and NiCad batteries.

GRID SOLUTIONS:

Franklin Electric provides the needed hardware to help meet each customer's NERC PRC-005-2 battery maintenance plan.

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From hand held battery testers to fully automated battery monitoring solutions. Along with hardware, Franklin Electric provides software to bring the total solution together. Franklin Electric can take battery test data from hand held battery testers and/or battery monitoring systems and provide automatic analysis of test data, alarming and data retention to ensure your critical power systems can perform when called upon and stay compliant.

"Demand for electricity has grown 10% over the last decade. However, infrastructure is often dependent on batteries to store energy and batteries, by their very nature, can be unreliable"(energy.gov).

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory projects that rooftop solar panels have the potential to generate 40% of the total energy needed in the U.S.

An Energy Boom

Solar energy is enjoying tremendous growth globally. It can be found on giant wind farms and small rooftop installations.

 

The Challenge 

Sunlight is intermittent. Sometimes more energy is generated than is needed, which goes to waste. Sometimes less energy is generated than is needed, which means you have to rely on grid power.

Monitor Your Solution

Because batteries are the backbone of this solution, maintenance is a must. Knowing their state-of-health is vital for maintaining optimal energy storage and delivery. This can be achieved through battery monitoring systems that constantly measure conductance, voltage, and temperature and filter that data into a software system that will analyze the data.

world-class service

Franklin Electric can provide a critical, cost saving solution for stationary power battery system analysis and maintenance. We have experts standing by that will answer your questions and recommend the solution that is right for you.

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