Battery Energy Storage Systems White Paper and Webinar
The number of large-scale battery energy storage systems is growing quickly, along with the related risks associated with their design, installation and operation.
AEGIS Loss Control is pleased to offer a new white paper and a recent webinar to help guide members with these new storage systems.
White Paper – Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems (Li-ion BESS)
This white paper covers fire and deflagration hazards, battery cell chemistry, fire testing, Hazard Mitigation Analysis, mitigation features and systems, and emergency response and contingency planning. AEGIS Loss Control urges caution and conservatism in the design and layout of Li-ion BESS facilities. Separation should be used to limit loss potential until other mitigation methods are developed, tested and proven to address the potential hazards. Minimizing the deflagration hazard exposures to adjacent equipment, responding personnel and the public is paramount.
Webinar – Code Requirements and Advancements in Battery Storage Technology
This webinar was originally conducted in November, and more than 200 member company employees participated.
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.
The webinar addresses 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 lays out current approaches and changes to managing large-scale battery failures and fires. Because the industry continues to collect data and because codes continue to develop and change, this presentation draws from both recently conducted testing and real-life experiences with fire detection and suppression systems. Further updates on the explosion hazard are 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.
AEGIS Loss Control Can Help
AEGIS Loss Control is available to discuss, review and/or evaluate Li-ion BESS projects with member companies, preferably during the early stages of development and design, when changes can be considered and incorporated into the project. Please contact Mark Boone, National Property Manager, by e-mail or phone at 201.508.2881, or Charles Bruce, Senior Property Loss Control Professional, by e-mail or phone at 201.508.5768.
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