A battery management system (BMS), normally comprising battery monitoring technology and dashboard software, is often bought as part of a larger procurement process, and sometimes not harnessed effectively to reduce battery replacement costs, ensure availability and enhance operational and worker safety.
Putting your BMS on the ‘shelf’ is a missed opportunity for any data center operation, when it has the potential of protecting your reputation when there is an outage, or just in terms of managing your battery replacement budget.
So how can you get the most of that BMS you just purchased?
Read the battery management system insights paper, How to make the most of that battery management system you just bought, to learn about:
- What is a battery management system?
- How to avoid your battery management system becoming neglected.
- Seven ways to ensure your battery management system will protect your reputation
What is a battery management system?
A battery management system (BMS) combines hardware devices for the reliable monitoring and collection of battery data, with software dashboards. This software provides a real-time view of battery health, and predictive analytics about future performance.
This insights paper explains how a BMS can help maximise performance and battery life for your data center.
How to avoid your battery management system becoming neglected
Sort ‘ownership’ early by:
- Setting up the BMS for conditions (such as temperature, voltage) that are appropriate to your site.
- Running reports and reviewing data on a regular basis.
- Agreement on procedures.
Harness the power of monitoring - Event-based and ongoing reporting data from your BMS delivers real value.
Treat your BMS as a ‘live’ resource - Batteries change slowly over a period of time. It is typically not just one event that triggers an outage, but an accumulation of events.
“It is key to not look just at the battery, but the whole environment it operates within. That means your BMS is a ‘live’ system – that needs to be tuned and prompted.”
Seven ways to ensure your battery management system will protect your reputation
A BMS might seem an afterthought after large sums have been spent setting up or upgrading a data center. The temptation to leave it ‘on the shelf’ can be compelling when you have so many other things to focus on. However, some simple procedures and some expert help can help you extract real value out of the BMS, potentially saving in times of outage, and ensuring you maximise your battery investment.
We discuss seven ways to make the most out of your battery management system including:
Minimize configuration work
Outsource the doing
Keep your supplier honest