The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a new energy storage systems safety fact sheet. The 46th president and his Administration are expected to spearhead a Clean Energy Revolution via a nine-step plan their campaign laid out. That strategy states, in part, that, according to the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there is only be nine years to stop the worst consequences of climate change. Biden will act on climate change immediately and ambitiously, because there is no time to waste.’ Biden will invest $400 billion over ten years, as part of a broad mobilization of public investment in clean energy and innovation – an investment (in today’s dollars) that is twice what was made in the Apollo program that put man on the moon.’
As a global organization devoted to eliminating loss from fire, electrical and related hazards, NFPA is no stranger to clean-energy safety. Over the past 10 years, the Association has introduced groundbreaking training for the fire service and others on topics such as solar energy, energy storage systems, electric vehicles and flammable refrigerants to ensure that as communities embrace and incentivize the use of green technologies, first and second responders are well informed about potential safety issues. Policy makers, code officials, manufacturers, designers, engineers, skilled labour and the public also share responsibility in ensuring the safety of people and property and have also found enormous value in the NFPA guidance.
With more and more countries, states and communities putting forth zero-emissions deadlines, tax breaks and other changes, NFPA developed the at-a-glance Energy Storage Systems Safety Fact Sheet to bring the safety considerations of ESS to the forefront. The resource distils key points identified in NFPA ESS training, NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Energy Storage Systems, and a myriad of related materials, with an emphasis on:
- The meaning of ESS
- The advantages of supplemental service, peak-shaving, load-levelling and uninterruptible power supply
- Hazards such as thermal runaway, stranded energy, toxic and flammable gases, deep-seated fires, mechanical/thermal/electrical abuse and environmental impacts
- Designer/contractor considerations for safety – explosion protection/prevention, fire protection systems, battery management systems and ESS spacing
- Permitting checklist for authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs)
- Pre-incident planning and emergency operations planning highlights
- Available resources such as research, other fact sheets, and related standards
Additionally, the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of NFPA, is in the process of finalizing an Energy Storage Research Consortium for interested members of the energy-storage and fire-protection industries to discuss industry-relevant fire-protection issues and related research needs.
For more information, go to www.nfpa.org
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