How can lithium-ion battery energy storage systems (ESS) be installed safely, and what are appropriate emergency response tactics? The Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation) has released its Fire Hazard Assessment of Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems report, which provides an overview of lithium-ion battery usage in ESS. The report works to establish safe installation requirements for ESS integrators and installers, along with appropriate emergency response tactics for standards developers, AHJs and emergency responders.
Report co-author Andrew Blum, P.E., CFEI, Exponent, Inc., will be hosting a free webinar training on this issue on April 19, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Registration for the webinar is now open.)
Meanwhile, lithium-ion batteries that power devices like hoverboards and e-cigarettes continue to receive significant media attention. An article in last week’s New York Times, The Risks in Hoverboards and Other Lithium-Ion Gadgets, highlighted associated fire risks and incidents that have been reported on in recent months.