Design Engineers will follow a specific process when choosing the most ideal battery for a particular application or project. They do this by taking a balanced approach and submitting the choices they have come up with after comparing the various goals and technical requirements and comparing those to maintenance requirements in overall costs. There are several factors when determining the process.
The geographic location and ease of visitation are some of the factors, environmental conditions, systems interface, application and duty cycle outlooks, as well as replacement scheduling costs need to be determined. There are certain considerations that could be jumbled but a suitable battery is of tremendous importance. The high/low-temperature capacity along with requirements for usage could get things off to a good start if chosen wisely but it means doing things accurately from the very beginning.
The vendor claims of the life for the batteries need to be seriously considered to determine if its properly designed for its application. The estimated ongoing cost after the purchase price will also have to be considered. Design engineers will have additional considerations as well.
The engineers will need to verify that the price includes the freight, racks, as well as the batteries. If there are different battery types then their installation complexity will need to be known. It’s also important to understand any difficulties or maintenance commitment needed for the batteries. The replacement timelines will need to be understood to make sure whether they are 5 years, 7 years, 10 years, 12-year batteries, or more.
The engineers will need to see what the general reliability of a particular battery and manufacturer are and the different models available. Prices and the warranty should be negotiated with the vendor. All costs including short, medium, and long-term should be appropriately calculated.
This concludes the objective portion as long as it meets all the subjective estimates. There are a number of things that should happen on a continual basis to fully evaluate the costs of the battery. The technician should be consulted with so that any procedures that will be required to maintain the battery is understood.
Verify The Following
1. Visitation schedules
2. Future estimates and current workload
3. System maintenance schedule changes
4. The personnel number and their level of expertise
5. Benefits and wages
6. The prioritization of site and battery maintenance
New Maintenance Tools Will Need To Be Researched
Things such as time-saving techniques and environmental conditions are among those things to be researched. In order to save additional time, money, and effort a method for battery monitoring will be needed. There are also requirements to monitor the site.
Once those considerations have been fully calculated and reviewed, the results will have to pass any final criteria before the choice is made. The biggest priority is how well it ranks on the fulfillment of keeping the power on when other sources go off. Even though batteries do not yet have any way of telling us the specific state of their health, the monitor has made a number of advancements over the last few years.
This means that if end-users and service companies or even someone like UPS manufacturers haven’t done a review recently of the monitoring system for their battery then they need to do so. Not just the UPS Marketplace but BMS technology and others that are lower cost have managed to break through the glass ceiling to provide remote site monitor for the utility and Telecom markets. Battery cabinets are affordable to monitor and they provide actionable data that can be given to the end-user to help them make immediate decisions.
It is necessary to commit to the need for backup battery power to protect data, hardware, and services because they are considerably more important than the cost of the batteries themselves. The cost of a battery will always be more than what is initially paid for it. The cost of having them or not is dependent on what they are there to protect and what happens if they don’t work. There are situations that require the power to be on regardless of whether the grid goes down or not.