Biographical Information

Kurt Uhlir

Kurt Uhlir, founder, principal owner and President of Standby Power System Consultants, Inc. received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Technology from Southern Illinois University in 1981. For the past 31 years, he has specialized in stationary battery, dc power system and energy storage design, installation, maintenance and testing for electric utility, communications, industrial, UPS, mission critical sites and renewable energy applications.

At Commonwealth Edison Company (now known as Exelon Corporation) in Chicago from 1981 to 2001, Kurt held the position of Stationary Battery and DC System Technical Expert for the Nuclear Generation Group and Transmission and Distribution Department where he was directly responsible for the design and specification, procurement, maintenance and testing, and installation of stationary batteries and dc power systems. Kurt was a member of Edison Research Case No. 213, Distributed Generation (formally Electrochemical Energy Storage and Utilization) that was responsible for monitoring and evaluating existing and new technologies relating to energy storage and renewable energy systems.

Kurt has been active for over 24 years in the development of industry standards for stationary batteries and dc power systems. Professional activities include:

Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Stationary Battery Committee since 1988. This committee is responsible for the development of industry standards relating to stationary battery installation, installation design, sizing and selection, maintenance, testing, replacement and nuclear qualification.

Chairman of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee (SCC) 29 Nuclear Task Force (NTF) from 1995 to 2001. The NTF is responsible for stationary battery issues that pertain to nuclear generating stations and the regulatory agencies.

Past member of IEEE DC Auxiliary Power Task Group which was responsible for the development of IEEE Std. 946-1992, IEEE Recommended Practice for the Design of Auxiliary Power Systems for Generating Stations.

Current Chair of the IEEE Battery Protection Working Group. The Battery Protection Working Group is responsible for the development of IEEE Std. 1375-1998, IEEE Guide for the Protection of Large Stationary Battery Systems.

Member of the Battcon Technical Committee since 2004. The Battcon Technical Committee is responsible for organizing and coordinating the conference proceedings for Battcon, International Battery Conference.

InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) – technical contributor to NETA Acceptance Test Specification (ATS) 1999, Section 7.18, Direct Current Systems.

Advisor for the the Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Interprofessional Projects (IPRO), Distributed Independent Power Generation Systems since 1998.

Kurt has authored and presented several papers on stationary batteries, dc power and energy systems. He also develops and conducts seminars on stationary batteries and dc power systems for end users through-out the United States.

Published Technical Papers and Presentations

Short Circuit Characteristics of Large Lead Acid Storage Batteries, Kurt Uhlir and Mark Bowman, 1991 Northeast Electric Utility Battery Conference, Albany, NY, September 25, 1991.

Battery Impedance – Single Cell Capacity Test vs. Standard Every Cell Capacity Test, Charles M. Gabriel and Kurt Uhlir, 1993 American Power Conference, Chicago, IL April 13, 1993.

Short Circuit Test Results of Current Limiting SCR Type Battery Charger, Kurt Uhlir, 1994 American Power Conference, Chicago, IL April 27, 1994.

Modified Performance Test of Vented Lead Acid Batteries for Stationary Applications, Kurt Uhlir, 1995 American Power Conference, Chicago, IL, April 18, 1995.

Simplifying Battery Testing, Charles M. Gabriel and Kurt Uhlir, Transmission and Distribution Magazine, September 1995.

Round Cell Batteries in Class 1E Applications, Kurt Uhlir and Charles Beck, 1996 American Power Conference, Chicago IL, April 9, 1996.

Electric Utility Concerns with AT&T Round Cell Batteries in Stationary Applications, Kurt Uhlir. 1996 Northeast Electric Utility Battery Conference, Albany, NY, September 17, 1996.

Electrochemical Energy Storage for Photovoltaic Systems, Kurt Uhlir, 1997 American Power Conference, Chicago, IL, April 1, 1997.

Acceptance Inspection and Testing of New Stationary Batteries, Kurt Uhlir, BATTCON ’98, National Battery Conference, Boca Raton, Florida, April 20, 1998.

Battery Sizing and Selection for Switchgear Applications, IEEE IAS/IES Presentation, Chicago, IL, November 17,1999.

Stationary Battery Maintenance and Testing, Kurt Uhlir, NETA World (InterNational Electrical Testing Association), Fall 2000 Edition, published September 15, 2000.

Stationary Battery and DC Power System Electrical Protection Design Considerations, Kurt Uhlir, BATTCON 2003, National Battery Conference, Marco Island, Florida, April 28, 2003.

Acceptance Inspection and Testing of New Battery Installations, Kurt Uhlir, NETA World (International Electrical Testing Association), Winter 2003 – 2004 Edition, published December 15, 2003.

DC System Grounds: Can You Afford to Live with Them?, Kurt Uhlir, NETA World (International Electrical Testing Association), Summer 2008 Edition, published June 2008.