7:00 am Registration Opens/Continental Breakfast
Maintaining Mission Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment
Peter Curtis, President & CEO, Power Management Concepts
In this full day course Peter Curtis will provide an overview of Mission Critical Infrastructure, Operations, Engineering and Maintenance topics. The discussion will include the infrastructure that supports business reliability and resiliency. The course will be an open discussion aimed at operational, infrastructure and engineering issues. This discussion will include the fundamentals of data center power distribution, including UPS systems, automatic transfer switches, static transfer switches, and emergency generators. Additionally, discussions will be held on how operational issues relate to technical maintenance programs, commissioning and procedures/MOPS.
The workshop will provide an overview of the cause and effects of human error and ways to mitigate it; risk management and reliability within critical operations; energy efficient measures for commercial buildings and integration of clean and conventional power sources; and alarm response plans and root-cause analysis.
At the end of this course, attendees will demonstrate the ability to: reduce corporate risk, improve employee safety, achieve greater operational efficiency, integrate energy efficiency into their business operations and implement alternative energy in a mission critical design
In today’s 24/7 business operations environment, mission critical systems are at the forefront of concerns among both private and public operations. Architects, property managers, facility managers, building engineers, information technology professionals, data center personnel, and electrical and mechanical engineers wishing to improve their skillset in the mission critical environment will benefit greatly from this workshop.
5:00 pm PMC Workshop Concludes/Cocktail Reception
8:00 am Registration Opens/Continental Breakfast/Exhibit Hall Opens
Regulatory Compliance for Onsite Power Stakeholders
Tom Buchal, Senior Consultant, Intertek AIM
With questions surrounding the reliability of the electric grid, trends including the increase in number of critical loads, the integration of electrical accommodation of onsite power into a buildings wiring scheme, and increasing infrastructure needs, onsite power generation has become more common and of increasing importance. Understanding the regulatory environment and how to comply has never been more important, especially with Emergency Systems and Critical Operations Power Systems. There are many key players and stakeholders in the onsite power arena. Foremost are those users and agencies requiring the availability of on-site power at all times. Other stakeholders include manufacturers, installers, spec-writers, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) in North America, and Nationally Recognized Testing Labs (NRTLs). For timely and proper commissioning and assured availability, it is important that electrical compliance is not overlooked. The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that all onsite power equipment carry an NRTL label of approval such as a listing, classification, or field safety label. During this presentation attendees will gain an understanding of critical standards and regulations specific to onsite power; particularly the additional requirements for the design, commissioning and continued operation of critical power applications. These standards and codes include product safety standards, the National Electrical Code and several NFPA standards such as NFPA 99, 110 and 1600. The logistics of obtaining the proper approvals, including the required risk assessments for COPS will also be discussed. Through a working knowledge of compliance criteria, manufacturers and owners will be better prepared for timely commissioning, mitigating safety risks and extra evaluation costs due to gaps in compliance and improper design; in short good business.
Gas Engine Power System: Green Alternative for Backup Diesel Generators
Adam Rajewski, Data Center Technology Manager, Wartsila Energy Solutions
This session is provide a concept of using on-site natural gas-fired combustion engine plant for emergency data center power supply. Such a plant would normally operate as a normal flexible generating station, but at the same time ensure uninterrupted availability of emergency power to a data center in case it is needed, fully replacing traditional diesel generators. The session contains results of economic simulations and technical studies, which conclusively demonstrate that this approach may lead to financial benefits for both data center and power plant operators, while reducing overall data center environmental footprint.
Hybrid Minigrids Providing Reliable Power in Harsh Environments
Frank Pendleton, Program Manager, MRIGlobal
Hybrid minigrids using diesel generators and renewable sources (e.g., PV, wind, and battery) represent a growing global market. Since 2003, MRIGlobal has designed, deployed, operated and maintained diesel-generator minigrids for the US military. Adding renewable sources provides clean reliable energy from an optimized configuration of solar panels and batteries, with supplemental national-grid and diesel generators. These minigrids can be grid-tied, islanded, or linked for distributed power over a larger area. This presentation compares the requirements and resulting designs for: MRIGlobal operated diesel minigrids currently supporting US troops deployed to conflict; a Lake Victoria US TDA grant for a market survey, pilot minigrid, and demonstration of market viability on selected islands in Lake Victoria, Tanzania; two hybrid minigrids on existing MRIGlobal operated Ebola laboratories in Sierra Leone and Guinea.
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
Adaptive Charging, a Further Development of Intermittent Float for Charge
David Boden Servato Corp.
Maintenance of VRLA Batteries in Telecommunications Standby Systems
Adaptive charging is an improved method for charge maintenance of standby batteries. It involves measuring critical battery data such as rectifier output voltage, open circuit voltage, discharge and charge voltages and internal resistance. Since these factors are dependent on factors such as temperature and battery age, the frequency of charge is varied to compensate for them, resulting in longer life. Trend analysis and comparison of these data with a battery signature library can enable additional capabilities, such as detecting a failing battery and predicting its likely failure date. A way that this system can be implemented in a practical battery management system is described and life test and field test data are presented.
Remote Monitoring and Control of DC Power Systems
Alan Greene, President EnCharge Power Systems, LLC
Advanced battery monitoring and control Systems save time and money providing constant information and control of Lead Acid and NiCd power systems from anywhere in the world. They can reduce downtime of critical power systems as major and minor faults transmitted immediately allowing repair of systems before going down. With predictive analytics, historic data coupled with advanced algorithms allow accurate estimate of future battery life, preventing unnecessary maintenance and providing information for capital planning.
Compliance Considerations for Standby Power Systems
Jeff Donato, Product Manager Enviroguard
International Building Code 2012, IEEE, Factory Mutual (FM) Global, Underwriters Laboratories, Fire Safety codes (IFC and NFPA), among others must be considered with designing a site. Lowering the cost of compliance can be realized through the design and specification of solutions that meet these new standards. This presentation addresses the best practices, codes & regulations for standby power systems in critical sites and the new technology of safety and spill containment products. Engineers are presented with design guidelines, compliance checklists and engineering specifications that can be applied immediately to minimize compliance risks and save time when engineering standby power systems.