New Research Foundation report published: Fire hazard assessment of lithium ion battery energy storage systems (ESS)

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Mar 16, 2016


In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the deployment of lithium ion batteries in energy storage systems (ESS). Many ESS are being deployed in urban areas both in high rise structures and single- and multi-family residences. Local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) along with the ESS integrators and installers are challenged by the lack of clear direction on fire protection and suppression in these installations. Without a recognized hazard assessment made available to standards developers, AHJs, emergency responders, and industry, guidance on safe installation of these systems will lack a technical basis.


The purpose of a recent Fire Protection Research Foundation project was to develop a hazard assessment of the usage of lithium ion batteries in ESS to allow for the development of safe installation requirements and appropriate emergency response tactics.


Download the full report, "Hazard Assessment of Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems", authored by Andrew F. Blum, P.E., CFEI and R. Thomas Long Jr., P.E., CFEI, with Exponent, Inc. to read more about the project and findings.


Interested in more information on this topic? In a recent article in NFPA Journal, "Power to Spare," Jesse Roman details energy storage systems that are revolutionizing power management, and the host of emerging safety questions that enforcers and responders must now tackle.