DOE Publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment and Notice of Public Webinar Pertaining to Test Procedures for Battery Chargers

DOE Publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment and Notice of Public Webinar Pertaining to Test Procedures for Battery Chargers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for battery chargers to improve test procedure representativeness. The proposal would: establish a new appendix Y1 that would expand coverage of inductive wireless battery chargers and establish associated definitions and test provisions; establish a new test procedure approach that relies on separate metrics for active mode, stand-by, and off-mode (consequently removing the battery charger usage profiles and unit energy consumption calculation); and update the wall adapter selection criteria. DOE also proposes changes to appendix Y to reorganize two subsections, to clarify symbology and references, to correct an incorrect cross reference and section title, to update the list of battery chemistries, and to terminate an existing test procedure waiver because the covered subject models have been discontinued. DOE further proposes to mirror these changes in the newly proposed appendix Y1. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until January 24, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP–0012, by email (BatteryChargers2020TP0012@ee.doe.gov.), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • The webinar will be held on Monday December 13, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This public meeting will cover both this battery charger test procedure proposal and the external power supply test procedure supplemental proposal that published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2021.(Note that the webinar date listed in these notices is incorrect. A separate notice will be issued shortly clarifying that the webinar will be held on December 13, 2021 at 12:30 P.M.)
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please  email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Battery Chargers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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