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Friday, October 21, 2022 
2:00 – 4:00 pm CDT


Presented by
John F. Robbins CEM/CSDP

Understand what a battery is, how batteries work and a short history of batteries
Learn common battery terms describing storage capacity, interconnection options,
charge and discharge rates
Review the varying characteristics of batteries with 3 different major chemistries: lead-acid,
nickel and lithium
Examine the pros and cons of different battery types
Become aware of higher risks with some batteries, like overheating and fire risk
Learn how longer battery life can be achieved by better design and management of
charging and discharging
Understand where in National Electrical Code 2017 to find requirements for batteries,
related components and packaged systems
Become familiar with NEC-required labels and disconnects
Learn to recognize the different ways energy storage systems can be designed and setup


 Webinar Instructions
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
2.0 PDHs

2.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
.2 CEUs (Electrical)


Continuing Education Credit Information 
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 2.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 2.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 2.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .2 CEUs in the specialty area of Electrical (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


John F. Robbins, CEM/CSDP

Energy Consultant in Morning View, KY 

Mr. Robbins has been a mostly residential designer and energy consultant since the mid-1980s who has worked on projects in midwestern and eastern states, mostly in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.  Whether involving new construction or retrofit, his projects aim for lower energy usage and less negative environmental impacts.  Mr. Robbins has also designed and consulted on homes which have passive solar, solar water heating and/or solar electricity, including stand-alone setups like the battery-backed PV system which has powered his office since November 2001.    
Mr. Robbins has two certifications from Association of Energy Engineers (AEE):  CEM for energy management and CSDP for sustainable development.  Mr. Robbins has received six awards from AEE since 1990 for energy and environmental achievements, including 1994 SW Ohio Energy Engineer of the Year and 2004 SW Ohio Environmental Engineer of the Year.  In 2012 AEE honored Mr. Robbins as its Region III Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year.  He was co-recipient of the 1998 Ohio Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in the Education Category.   
A renewable energy advocate and user who once led the SW Ohio Alternate Energy Association (AEA) 1995-2005, Mr. Robbins encourages, assists and teaches energy users to become more hands-on and aggressive in managing and minimizing their heating, cooling and other energy usage.  He has developed and taught energy-focused continuing education courses for Great Oaks Institute in Ohio, Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest in Kentucky, Columbus (OH) Green Building Forum, Impact Management Services in Cincinnati and HalfMoon Education in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  
Mr. Robbins sells no products, receives no commissions for referrals and has had no commercial affiliation with manufacturers or retailers of products and services he uses, recommends or specifies.  

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Focus on Rechargeable Batteries

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This two-hour course provides a framework for understanding and beginning to work with rechargeable batteries. The course begins with defining batteries, common terms and differing chemistries before diving into more detailed topics such as efficiency, risks, design, codes, and complete systems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to understand what a battery is, how they work, and the common terms used to describe storage capacity, interconnection options, charge and discharge rates.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to review the varying characteristics of batteries with three different major chemistries (lead-acid, nickel, and lithium) and examine the pros and cons of different battery types.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to extend battery life through better design and management of charging and discharging, and become aware of the risks associated with some batteries such as overheating and fires.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to locate requirements for batteries, related components and packaged systems in the National Electrical Code 2017 and become familiar with NEC-required labels and disconnects.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to recognize the different ways energy storage systems can be designed and setup.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with electrical systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/04/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.