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NERC PRC-005 Battery Maintenance Requirements

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NERC PRC-005 requirements for battery maintenance when no monitoring

Table 1-4(b)

Protection System Station dc Supply Using Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) Batteries (Refer to full standard for excluded systems)

Maximum

Interval

Maintenance Activities

4 Calendar Months

Verify:

Station dc supply voltage

Inspect:

Electrolyte level

For unintentional grounds

18 Calendar Months

Verify:

Float voltage of battery charger

Battery continuity

Battery terminal connection resistance

Battery intercell or unit-to-unit connection resistance

Inspect:

Cell condition of all individual battery cells where cells are visible –

or measure battery cell/unit internal ohmic values where the cells are not visible

Physical condition of battery rack

18 Calendar Months

-or-

6 Calendar Years

Verify that the station battery can perform as manufactured by evaluating cell/unit measurements indicative of battery performance (e.g. internal ohmic values or float current) against the station battery baseline.

-or-

Verify that the station battery can perform as manufactured by conducting a performance or modified performance capacity test of the entire battery bank.

Table 1-4(b)

Protection System Station dc Supply Using Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) Batteries (Refer to full standard for excluded systems)

Maximum

Interval

Maintenance Activities

4 Calendar Months

Verify:

Station dc supply voltage

Inspect:

For unintentional grounds

6 Calendar Months

Inspect:

Condition of all individual units by measuring battery cell/unit internal ohmic values.

18 Calendar Months

Verify:

Float voltage of battery charger

Battery continuity

Battery terminal connection resistance

Battery intercell or unit-to-unit connection resistance

Inspect:

Physical condition of battery rack

6 Calendar Months

-or-

3 Calendar Years

Verify that the station battery can perform as manufactured by evaluating cell/unit measurements indicative of battery performance (e.g. internal ohmic values or float current) against the station battery baseline.

-or-

Verify that the station battery can perform as manufactured by conducting a performance or modified performance capacity test of the entire battery bank.

 

NERC PRC-005 requirements for battery maintenance when effective monitoring is implemented

Monitoring Parameters

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Component Attributes

Maintenance Activities

String Voltage

Yes

Any station dc supply with high and low voltage monitoring and alarming of the battery charger voltage to detect charger overvoltage and charger failure.

No periodic verification of station dc supply voltage is required.

Electrolyte Level

Optional

Any battery based station dc supply with electrolyte level monitoring and alarming in every cell.

No periodic inspection of the electrolyte level for each cell is required.

Ground Fault

With GF-100

Any station dc supply with unintentional dc ground monitoring and alarming.

No periodic inspection of unintentional dc grounds is required.

Cell Voltage

Yes

Any station dc supply with charger float voltage monitoring and alarming to ensure correct float voltage is being applied on the station dc supply.

No periodic verification of float voltage of battery charger is required.

String Connection

Yes

Any battery based station dc supply with monitoring and alarming of battery string continuity.

No periodic verification of the battery continuity is required.

Inter-cell Resistance

Yes

Any battery based station dc supply with monitoring and alarming of the intercell and/or terminal connection detail resistance of the entire battery.

No periodic verification of the intercell and terminal connection resistance is required.

Internal Resistance

Or float current

Yes

Any Valve Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) or Vented Lead-Acid (VLA) station battery with internal ohmic value or float current monitoring and alarming, and evaluating present values relative to baseline internal ohmic values for every cell/unit.

No periodic evaluation relative to baseline of battery cell/unit measurements indicative of battery performance is required to verify the station battery can perform as manufactured.

Internal Resistance

Yes

Any Valve Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) or Vented Lead- Acid (VLA) station battery with monitoring and alarming of each cell/unit internal ohmic value.

No periodic inspection of the condition of all individual units by measuring battery cell/unit internal ohmic values of a station VRLA or Vented Lead-Acid (VLA) battery is required.