Substation DC system

The main function of substation DC system is to ensure uninterrupted power supply for essential loads.

ensure uninterrupted power supply for essential loads

Problems and solutions


  • Power outages

  • LAB have a “memory effect”, which means that the battery must be completely discharged before charging

  • Long charging time. On average, a full charge takes 8 to 10 hours

  • Discharge depth without the service life reduction is less than 60% of the rated capacity

  • Low power characteristics. On average, LAB can produce a continuous current of about 0,5 C. That means, that LAB with capacity of 100 A * h would provide the maximum continuous current of 50 A.

  • The discharge curve of LAB is flat, and the battery voltage seriously depends on the charge level.

  • Low charge efficiency of lead-acid batteries - 65-85%

  • High self-discharge rate (up to 15% per month)


  • Providing and reserving power for in-house needs and power facilities. Instant switch to battery power when the mains voltage disappears.

  • LIB are capable of charging at any charge level keeping the ability to return the full capacity

  • Significantly shorter charging time. The standard charge mode is 1 hour, which significantly reduces the time of operational readiness after a full discharge.

  • LIB allows up to 80% depth of discharge. Thus, with the same rated capacity, LIB can produce more power

  • High power characteristics. LIB in normal mode can produce a current of 3 C. Thus, LIB with a capacity of 100 A * h would provide the maximum continuous current of 300 A. This advantage allows to significantly reduce the nominal capacity of LIB compared to LAB. Thus, when replacing the battery in a substation DC system, the initial cost of the power accumulating device on LIB is equal to the cost of a device on scab LAB, or even less.

  • The discharge curve of LIB in the range from 100% to 20% of the charge is almost horizontal straight line, the battery voltage is nearly constant in that range

  • High charge efficiency of LIB - 93-95%

  • Low self-discharge rate (on average, 3% per month)


  • A charging room is required - a hazardous production facility

  • Inefficient monitoring of battery condition during operation


  • No charging room required (decommission of a hazardous production facility is possible)

  • A built-in monitoring system (BMS) that monitors the status of each element's parameters and can transmit results). In case of emergency or critical situations, BMS sends a signal to the switch gear and disconnects the energy storage device from the load and network.


  • Low energy density in LAB ⇒ high mass and large dimensions ⇒ need for work areas

  • LAB require maintenance at a certain interval during operation (for example, monitoring the appearance, leveling the electrolyte level), which entails the need for maintenance personnel

  • Accelerated LAB degradation ⇒ frequent battery replacement


  • Occupied area is reduced, no need for a room with exhaust ventilation. Thus, the battery may be placed almost at any room of a substation.

  • LIB are sealed and do not require maintenance.

  • LIB does not need to be replaced during the entire service life

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20 y.
Battery life without replacement
Charge/discharge cycles
Charging time of a Li-ion battery

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300 Wh/kg
Maximum LIB energy density
Battery efficiency
Self-discharge rate per month

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Tightness of LIB
Rated power: from 50 to 1600 kVA*;
Design: modular cabinet/container
Capacity: from 50 to 520 kWh*
Type of climate version: UHL4/U1
Efficiency: 94% and more

Composition of OOPT

  1. Rectifier charger
  2. Battery switchgear cabinet
  3. Battery and control cabinet
  4. DC board
  5. Operating current distribution cabinet
Charger Manufacturer 1
Charger type
Operating temperature, С
Storage device
Cell type
Maximum discharge current
Peak discharge current (5 sec)
Service life (DOD80%), cycles
Module power, kW
Fire extinguishing system
Maximum battery voltage
Balancing type
Balancing current
Инфографика СОПТ

Individual approach

We are ready to develop a custom-tailored solution for each client and offer a flexible list of specifications for your project. You can choose the dimensions, charging and running time, and other specifications.


We also offer cooperation throughout the entire project life cycle — from energy audit to technical support, as well as beneficial financial cooperation.



Our managers will be glad to answer your questions regarding purchase and cooperation.

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