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Alpine's Recommended Testing Guidelines based on IEEE & NERC


Meets IEEE Recommendations IEEE
Meets IEEE and the minimum requirements of the NERC PRC-005-2 IEEE/NERC
IEEE 450-2010
Vented / Flooded Lead Acid Batteries (VLA) Monthly Quarterly Yearly 5 Years

Visual inspection of battery, rack, charger, room and safety equipment IEEE 450-2010 IEEE 450-2010 IEEE/NERC
Record battery system float voltage and current at battery terminals IEEE 450-2010 IEEE 450-2010 IEEE/NERC
Record charger output voltage and current. Adjust if necessary IEEE 450-2010 IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record the ambient / room temperature IEEE 450-2010 IEEE 450-2010 IEEE 450-2010
Assure battery room ventilation system is functioning IEEE 450-2010 IEEE 450-2010 IEEE 450-2010
Inspect system for unintentional battery grounds IEEE 450-2010 IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record pilot cell voltage IEEE 450-2010
Record pilot cell specific gravity and electrolyte temperature IEEE 450-2010
Record voltage of all cells IEEE 450-2010 IEEE/NERC
Record specific gravity and electrolyte of 10% of the cells IEEE 450-2010
Record specific gravity and electrolyte of all the cells IEEE/NERC
Record the internal resistance value of all cells IEEE/NERC
Check electrolyte levels. Fill with distilled water to mid level as necessary IEEE 450-2010 IEEE 450-2010 IEEE/NERC
Record the resistance value of all inter-cell and inter-tier connections IEEE/NERC
Perform a capacity test after 2 years in service then every 5 years IEEE/NERC
(Test annually if excessive loss is detected on the 5 year service)

IEEE 1188-2005
Valve Regulated Lead Acid Batteries (VRLA) Monthly Quarterly Yearly 5 Years

Visual inspection of battery, rack, charger, room and safety equipment IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE/NERC
Record battery system float voltage and current at battery terminals IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE/NERC
Record charger output voltage and current. Adjust if necessary IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record the ambient / room temperature IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE 1188-2005
Assure battery room ventilation system is functioning IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE 1188-2005
Inspect system for unintentional battery grounds IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record voltage of all cells IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE/NERC
Record temperature of all cells at the negative posts IEEE 1188-2005 IEEE 1188-2005
Record the internal resistance value of all cells IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record the resistance value of all inter-cell and inter-tier connections IEEE/NERC
Perform and acceptance test at installation then capacity test every 3 years IEEE/NERC

IEEE 1106-2005
Nickel Cadmium Batteries Monthly Quarterly Yearly 5 Years

Visual inspection of battery, rack, charger, room and safety equipment IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE/NERC
Record battery system float voltage and current at battery terminals IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record charger output voltage and current. Adjust if necessary IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record the ambient / room temperature IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE 1106-2005
Assure battery room ventilation system is functioning IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE 1106-2005
Inspect system for unintentiional battery grounds IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record voltage of all cells IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE 1106-2005
Record temperature of 10% of the cells IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE 1106-2005 IEEE 1106-2005
Record the internal resistance value of the cells IEEE 1106-2005
Record the temperature of all cells IEEE 1106-2005
Check electrolyte levels. Fill with distilled water to mid level as necessary IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC IEEE/NERC
Record the resistance value of all inter-cell and inter-tier connections IEEE/NERC
Perform a capacity test after 2 years in service, then every 5 years IEEE/NERC
(Test annually if excessive loss is detected on the 5 year service)
The above testing schedules are based on Alpine Power Systems interpretations of both IEEE and NERC PRC-005-2. This information should be used
only as a guideline. Alpine cannot be held responsible if other parties interpret the information differently. 7/14