Large-scale battery energy storage systems are constantly evolving and that continues to drive a series of ongoing improvements and modifications to the NFPA 855 Standard For The Installation Of Stationary Energy Storage Systems, International Fire Code (IFC), state codes and lessons learned.
This webinar will address changes in code requirements in the year since the last AEGIS Loss Control webinar on this topic, as well as the recent advancements in battery storage technology. It will also lay out current approaches and changes to managing large-scale battery failures and fires. Because the industry continues to develop projectable data, and codes continue to develop and change, this presentation will draw from recent testing conducted to date as well as real-life experiences with fire detection and suppression systems. Further updates on the explosion hazard will be included as well.
The presenter is Paul Hayes, who has more than 30 years of principal engineering experience in managing a special hazard asset protection fire company for the industrial and power markets. Paul has a focused interest in leading-edge design and development of detection and suppression systems for lithium-ion battery facilities and extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, along with experience in regulatory agency negotiations. His industry roles include NFPA 855 and NFPA 850 Principal Member, Professional Member SFPE, FSSA Board of Directors, EEI Board of Directors, ESA Board of Directors, Member of EPRI Safety Council, SME FDNY, and UL 9540A STP. Utilizing his code committee and code development experience, Paul has been instrumental in supporting the development of NFPA 855. He is task chair for the rewrite of suppression and explosion technologies for Lithium Ion ESS for 855. He is a consultant to ESS companies and utilities with regard to appropriate mitigation technologies, risk hazard evaluation and application, AHJ education and design specifications to help define best practices for the industry. Paul is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Civil Engineering and a Licensed Professional Engineer, Civil and Fire Protection, in more than 35 states.