Battery Room Safety

Accurate Hydrogen Detection Keeps Battery Rooms Safe

As businesses increasingly depend on backup power and energy storage in data centers, utilities, telecommunications and energy storage systems, battery rooms becoming more important. This trend, will drive more and larger battery rooms and with evolving code and standards requirements, bring the issue of detection and safe ventilation of hydrogen to the forefront.

Lead acid and Ni-Cad batteries are commonly used in battery applications because they offer cost-effective power storage. But these batteries dissipate hydrogen that can reach flammable levels. To minimize the risk, the hydrogen needs to be controlled to a maximum concentration of 25% of the lower flammability limit (LFL) or 1% of total room volume.

Until now, hydrogen detection systems required frequent calibration and replacement based on the available technology which significantly increased the cost of the system and required frequent truck rolls. Facility managers want to be able to set it and forget it… now you can!

Problems for the Battery Industry:

  • • Sensors that are consumed
  • • Labor intensive with high maintenance costs
  • • Analog communications
  • • Unreliable based on bad maintenance practices

New and Improved H2scan technology has solved the problems for Battery Room Applications:

  • • Not to have to run fans continuously
  • • Long 10+ year life with a 10-year warranty– lasts over 10 years (in outdoor use and even longer for indoor use
  • • Auto-calibration (note: the unit still calibrates, but no action is necessary from the user)
  • • Digital / Modbus communications
  • • Set and Forget!
To avoid risk of explosion and to avoid the high cost of constant ventilation of battery rooms, H2scan’s HY-ALERTA™ family of hydrogen specific area monitors detect hydrogen in air and can trigger alarms or ventilation systems when hydrogen levels get too high.

The unique solid state, non-consumable sensor technology built into the HY-ALERTA sensors provides real-time continuous hydrogen monitoring with no cross-sensitivity to other gases in the environment, particularly other combustibles. More information on H2scan’s battery room safety products can be found below

HY-ALERTA™ 2620 Explosion Proof Area Hydrogen Monitor

H2scan's 2620 Explosion Proof Area Hydrogen Monitor provides hydrogen-specific leak detection and measurement for hydrogen concentrations as low as 4000 ppm and can be scaled to any concentration up to 5% hydrogen by volume, a range representing 10% to 125% of hydrogen's low flammability limit. The monitor is designed for either ceiling or wall mount. H2scan's hydrogen-specific sensor technology has no cross sensitivity to other combustible gases, thus eliminating false positive alarms and ensuring safety system reliability.

HY-ALERTA™ 600B Fixed Area Hydrogen Monitor

H2scan's HY-ALERTA™ 600B Fixed Area Hydrogen Monitor will provide hydrogen-specific leak detection and measurement for hydrogen concentrations as low as 4000 ppm and can be scaled to any concentration up to 5% hydrogen by volume, a range representing 10% to 125% of hydrogen's low flammability limit. They are designed for either ceiling or wall mount and have RS422 capability that extends the interface from the sensor to the controller to several hundred feet. H2scan's hydrogen-specific sensor technology has no cross sensitivity to any other combustible gases, thus eliminating false positive alarms and increasing system reliability.

HY-ALERTA™ 1600 Intrinsically Safe Area Hydrogen Monitor

H2scan's HY-ALERTA™ 1600 Intrinsically Safe Area Hydrogen Monitor provides hydrogen-specific leak detection and measurement for hydrogen concentrations as low as 4000 ppm and can be scaled to any concentration up to 5% hydrogen by volume, a range representing 10% to 125% of hydrogen's low flammability limit.

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