Stationary Battery Systems 101 Seminar

Course Duration

2 days


Classroom Delivery Platform

PowerPoint on-screen


Delivery Location

Option 1) Client site

Option 2) Columbus, OH - public sessions


Course Description

Stationary Battery Systems 101 is necessary for anyone who is currently is working with or will be involved with battery systems or simply wants to brush up on knowledge. From fundamentals to installation, maintenance, testing and making ohmic measurements, this seminar is invaluable. Rick Tressler LLC is highly experienced in technical training and seminar delivery making the time spent well worth the effort.


The seminar is arranged into five sections; Battery Fundamentals, Installation Requirements, Maintenance, Capacity Testing, and finally, Ohmic Measurements. Two days are required to complete the topics covered.


The seminar begins with the fundamentals of batteries and explains the electrochemical process in a way

that makes learning the concepts easier than reading it from a chemistry book. The kinds of batteries employed in industrial and commercial applications are covered. The seminar is heavy on lead-acid chemistry, both vented and valve regulated, discussing nickel-cadmium batteries to a lesser degree, as lead-based batteries are among the most widely used energy storage devices in the world.


While still on day one, we will get into the requirements for proper battery installation from delivery to commissioning and preparing the new battery for an acceptance test. IEEE battery maintenance and testing standards have become the cornerstone for best practices in the industry and are frequently referenced throughout the seminar.


Day two continues with finishing the installation section. The seminar then progresses into the requirements for proper maintenance processes and procedures which is very important for a long-lived battery. IEEE 450-2010 and IEEE 1188-2005 are relied upon heavily here to provide guidance to attendees relating to the importance of proper maintenance to ensure reliability.


Part of a complete maintenance includes the industry recommended practice of periodic capacity testing which brings the seminar into section four. This presentation takes the smoke and mirrors out of conducting these important tests. It further details how industry standards apply directly to proper testing procedures.


The seminar wraps up day two with a discussion on internal ohmic testing. Measurement of battery internal resistance, conductance and impedance is discussed and the basics of how ohmic measurements are made is brought to light with the advantages of including such testing into a user’s maintenance plan.


Rick Tressler possesses extensive knowledge and field experience in a variety of applications and can usually answer questions to assist attendees with application-specific problems that ultimately help to improve their system reliability. Rick has over 30 years’ experience in the industrial power and battery industry with an additional 10 years of experience having worked as an industrial maintenance electrician.

Stationary Battery Systems 101 seminars are conducted two ways. The first involves attending a scheduled event in Columbus, Ohio. These are public sessions that anyone may attend after first registering. These are conducted in a modern business meeting facility. Attendees make their own travel arrangements and stay close to the meeting venue.


The public session registration fee is $500 per person. A continental breakfast and lunch is provided each day at public seminars. Seating is limited to 15.


Rick Tressler can conduct a seminar exclusively for your employees at your facility. The same material is covered as with the public session but it is more customer focused and discussions are adjusted to meet with your specific equipment and applications.


All attendees receive course materials on CD or USB flash drive. Electronic certificates of completion are provided for all attendees completing the course.


For additional information about this and other training and seminar opportunities, contact Rick Tressler at 614.632.7521 or email Rick at


Attendee Prerequisites

Attendees are expected to have previous experience working with electrical equipment and have a good understanding of AC and DC systems. Prior experience working with stationary battery systems is not a requirement.



Chapter 1–Day 1

  • Battery Applications

  • Electrochemistry Basics

  • Types of Plates and Grid Materials

  • Battery Selection Criteria

  • Battery Construction

  • Understanding Battery Life

  • Voltage and Current Terminology

  • Premature Battery Failure and Causes

  • Major Failure Modes

  • Battery Racks and Stands



Chapter 2–Day 1

  • Safety & Training Note​

  • IEEE Stationary Battery Committee​

  • Delivery inspection​

  • Storage considerations​

  • Spill containment​

  • Assembly and loading of racks​

  • Cell handling techniques​

  • Making cell-to-cell connections

Chapter 4–Day 2​

  • Defining Capacity Tests​

  • Why Testing is Needed​​

  • Who Recommends Testing

  • Defining Battery Capacity​

  • Understanding the Electrical Ratings of a Battery​​

  • Types of Tests​​

  • Equipment Requirements​

  • How the Testing Process Works​​

  • Calculation of Battery Capacity

Chapter 5–Day 2​

  • Understanding Ohmic Measurements​

  • Schematic of a Lead-Acid Cell​

  • Measurement Methods​​

  • Detection of Cell Problems​​

  • Ohmic Problems and Cell Performance​​

  • Metallic vs. Electrochemical Problems​​

  • Problem Evaluation​​

  • Measurement Intervals

Chapter 2–Day 2

  • Inter-aisle, inter-rack and inter-tier cable groups

  • Verifying connection integrity

  • Battery cleaning

  • Acceptance testing

Chapter 3–Day 2​

  • Goals of a Maintenance Program​

  • Specific Recommendations​​

  • IEEE Standards​

  • What Needs to be Done​

  • Safety​​

  • Battery Disconnects​​

  • Conditions Affecting Service Life​​

  • Failure Modes​​

  • Preventing System Failures​​

  • Flooded Battery Visual Inspection Criteria

  • Internal Resistance Measurements Case Study

  • Failures of Monoblock Batteries and Resistance

  • Water Additions

  • Benefits of Proper Maintenance

  • Example Battery Readings in Interpretation